Oceania Cruises’ Nautica fights off pirate attack

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 30 - 2008

Seatrade Insider is reporting that Oceania Cruises’ vessel Nautica averted a pirate attack while in transit of the Gulf of Aden Sunday morning.

According to the publication, two skiffs approached the ship whereby the crew proceeded with evasive measures. According to Oceania president, Bob Binder, eight shots were fired on Nautica by the pirates. No one was injured and the vessel sustained no damage.

Binder stated that Nautica was sailing within the prescribed Maritime Safety Protection Area which is patrolled by international anti-piracy task forces. “The closest the pirates ever got to the vessel was 300 meters,” said Binder. Binder also stated that Nautica is continuing to its next port of call, Salalah, Oman, and is due to arrive on schedule Monday.

This latest pirate attack is not the first on a cruise ship. Last April, pirates off the coast of Somalia seized control of French sail-cruiser Le Ponant, which was repositioning without passengers from the Seychelles to the Mediterranean. The 22 crew members were eventually released unharmed. In 2005, Seabourn Spirit sustained shots from pirates wielding rocket launchers in two small vessels off the Somalia coast. The ship undertook evasive action, and there were no injuries.

Stay tuned for more details…

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6 Responses

  1. Chicago Cardiology Said,

    That is insane! I’m glad that they were able to use evasive maneuvers to escape from the pirates… must be a very intense situation on the high seas when you see a skiff heading your way. Those pirates seem to have no regard for anything!

    Posted on December 1st, 2008 at 12:31 pm

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    Posted on December 7th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

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  5. Fort Myers Cruises Said,

    That is so crazy I couldn’t believe it when I heard about that but good job to that crew for defending the ship.

    Posted on January 28th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

  6. pooja Said,

    I think that Oceania has some of the nicest cruises. They are more luxurious and have some of the best food in my opinion. The rooms are great, it is so nice to have the larger rooms on a cruise ship.

    Posted on February 12th, 2009 at 5:00 am


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