Africa Star: crewed with Security guards, escapes
AFRICA STAR IMO 8707434 Container Ship 26152 dwt 1988 Malta
Pirates, apparently from Somalia, attempted to hijack Malta-flagged Zim "Africa Star" container ship on Saturday near the Republic of Djibouti, reported the Israeli shipping company, which is owned by the Ofer family.Security guards aboard the ship returned fire and repelled the pirates, who surrounded the vessel as it was sailing in the Red Sea.
The Transportation Ministry was notified that the Zim ship was attacked as it was making its way from Mombasa, Kenya to the Ashdod Port.
The incident ended with no casualties among the Zim crew. A similar attempt to hijack a Zim vessel on Thursday also ended without injury.
The Group evolved from Joseph Herschovici's small ship chandlery and shipping agency in Haifa to today's multifaceted economic conglomerate, managed by his sons, who changed the family's name to the Hebrew name, Ofer. Two sons, Sammy and Yuli, have spent their entire professional lives building the family's business enterprise, reaffirming their father's legacy and dreams.
The oldest son, David, joined the family business after an impressive public service career at the peak of which he served as a Major General in the Israel Police. He passed away in 1994.
1988 Ville de Neptune
1994 CGM Iguacu II
1996 CMBT Himalaya
1996 P&O Nedlloyd Chile.
2001 MSC Quito
2004 Delmas Capricorne
2005 Africa Star