It is very common that Somali pirates attack ships in revenge for illegal fishing by foreigners. Thus, Somali officials recently said that NATO must do more in order to prevent the illegal fishing that sparked the latest picacy attack on Aris 13, Reuters reports.
Aris 13 hijacking was the first incident that Somali pirates managed to hijack a commercial ship since 2012. After the Puntland Maritime Police Force intervened, the ship was freed with no ransom paid.
Shipping companies are concerned that the coming back up pirates could once again threaten them and subsequently urged NATO to take action. However, previously NATO officials had said that illegal fishing along Somalia’s coast is not in their mission.
“We told them that if they cannot take measures against the illegal fishing vessels who come under their cover and those who pour wastes into our waters, then their presence is a burden rather than a benefit.” Abdihakim Abdullahi Omar, the vice president of Puntland, told reporters at Bosasso port