ARGENTINA: GROUNDINGS IN THE PARANA RIVER
There have been several reported cases of piracy off the coast of Somalia in recent weeks. Opinion is divided about whether the attacks are a sign that piracy levels are returning to the peak levels experienced around 2010/11. It could be that the severe drought in the area is encouraging pirates to look to piracy for food and fuel in difficult times. In a case this week a 10,000 dwt chemical and product tanker came under fire but was rescued by Chinese naval forces. Last week a pirate skiff chased a ship for nearly two hours but the master took evasive action and the skiff gave up. Members are reminded to be vigilant at all times when in the area. Further advice can be found on the Piracy Focus page of the Britannia website.