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Can Your Property Deter a Hijacking Like This?

March 16, 2017

“An oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew members aboard appears to have been hijacked off the coast of Somalia, which would be the first time a large commercial ship has been taken by Somali pirates since 2012,” writes Colin Dwyer in his latest NPR article entitled “Somali Pirates Reportedly Seize Tanker In First Commercial Hijacking Since 2012.”

Dwyer’s article continues that “The Aris 13 sent a distress call Monday saying it was being tailed by two unfamiliar ships, ‘then it disappeared,’ John Steed of Oceans Beyond Piracy, an anti-piracy group, tells Reuters. The news service reports that the tanker, which had been transporting fuel from Djibouti to Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, turned off its tracking system and diverted toward the small town of Alula.”

Dwyer continues his article with multiple theories on what might’ve happened to this ship.

No one knows for sure whether the ship was hijacked by pirates or boarded by locals fed up with illegal fishing.

But, it wasn’t the results of this situation that caught our attention.

As always, we research to identify problems that could correlate with Proactive Operations.

So, in this case, the hijacking – and its location – were the lessons that surfaced and what we’d like to discuss in today’s article.

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