[AG] Ariella: crew locked away from Pirates
Antigua and Barbuda-flagged bulker Ariella on February 5, reported that six heavily armed pirates had boarded the ship, but the crew had managed to lock themselves away, HDMS Absalon (L16) Danish command and support ship sent a helicopter to investigate, then a team of specially trained forces in inflatable dinghies to board the ship and regain control.
In this case the ship had registered with naval authorities, was travelling along a recommended transit corridor and was part of a group transit, ensuring the ships had a helicopter within 30 minutes' reaction time. It seems the pirates escaped to their boat before the troops arrived.
sold by Splosna Plovba D.O.O., Slovenia to P. Doehle Schiffahrts KG, Germany . name and flag unchanged.
Port of registry: St. John´s
Call Sign: V2PI2
Pos-names: Lakes Star; Golden Trader; Pohorje; Cielo d'Istria
Type/class: bulk carrier
Built by: Kanda Zosensho K.K. - Kawajiri (Japan) in 1983
DWT: 32.442 tons
HDMS Absalon (L16), together with her sister ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17), are the biggest ships ever in the Royal Danish Navy