Piracy off the coast of Somalia

The United Nations Security Council has issued a Statement stating that it reviewed the situation in Somalia at its meeting on 15 March where it i.a. endorsed the IMO Resolution concerning the increasing incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia. The Council encouraged Member States with naval vessels in international waters adjacent to the coast of Somalia to take appropriate action to protect merchant shipping.

On 17 March the IMO issued a News Release reporting on the Security Council action.

On 18 March the U.S. Navy issued a Press Release stating that, while conducting maritime security operations in international waters off the coast of Somalia, two of its warships were fired on by a suspicious vessel. Twelve suspected pirates were taken into custody, but one suspect was killed in an exchange of gunfire. The suspicious vessel caught fire and sank.

Contact: Minerva Alfonso