January, 2012 – Indian Administration yet to rise to the occasion

The seafaring community, seafarers’ union, ship owners and the trade appear to have reached the end of their tether as a result of the apathy of the Indian administration towards continuing piracy and mere lip service being paid to the plight of the unfortunate hijacked Indian seafarers. The last straw has come by way of the hijack of the Italy-flagged MT Enrico Levoli which was attacked some 30 nautical miles off the Omani coast probably by Somali Pirates at about 0300 UTC on 27th Dec’11 while the vessel was sailing from Fujairah (UAE) towards the Mediterranean Sea. The 138 meters hijacked vessel was carrying about 15,750 metric tonnes of caustic soda. The hijacked seafarers numbering 18 in all onboard comprised 6 Italian, 5 Ukrainian and 7 Indian. The 7 Indian seafarers have been recruited by Andheri (W), Mumbai based Marnavi Shipping Management Pvt.