Germans rescue bulker Wadi Alarab
National Navigation Company - Wadi Alarab (Egyptian flag)
LR+100A1 BULK CARRIER""STRENGTHENED FOR HEAVY CARGOES HOLD NO.2,4 MAY BE EMPTY, HOLD NO.4 MAY BE USED WATER BALLAST + LMC,UMS,ICE CLASS.
delivered 19, OCTOBER 1995
FAX NO. (INMARSAT A) 1622670
Just days after joining the EU Operation Atalanta antpiracy mission, the German frigate Karlsruhe yesterday foiled an attack in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates
The frigate was notified yesterday morning that the Egyptian bulk carrier Wadi Alarab was under attack. Although the bulker was not directly under Operation Atalanta protection, the frigate sent one of its two helicopters in response.
The helicopter fired a warning round and the pirates gave up the attack, though not before wounding one of the bulker's 31 crew members.
Subsequently boats from the Karlsruhe captured six of the pirates. They were disarmed but later released on orders from Berlin. Current German law and rules of engagement apparently only permit pirates to be detained when there has been injury to German property or persons.