Somali pirates release suspected mothership

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) yesterday issued a report stating that a hijacked dhow, likely being used as a mothership off Puntland, has been released. The Casayr II was taken on Friday and was believed to be operating by Somali pirates off Socotra Island, scene of another piracy incident two weeks ago.

The dhow has been released by the pirates after taking one skiff, food and diesel. The whereabouts of the pirates is unknown.

Two weeks ago the Aris 13 fuel tanker made headlines across the world becoming the first Somali hijacking since 2012.

Illegal fishing in the region has been cited as one of the main reasons for the sudden return of piracy to the Horn of Africa.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. “Up to a point, Lord Copper!”

    The pirates released the Casayr II only because they had captured a larger fishing dhow which is less distinctive and as such suits their purposes better.

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