Poseidon attackers under arrest in Tanzania

Reports from Tanzania say the pirates that attacked the Ocean Rig Poseidon drillship are under arrest.

Offshore staff

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Reports from Tanzania say the pirates that attacked the Ocean Rig Poseidon drillship are under arrest.

According to reports of statements by the Tanzania Registrar of Ships, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received reports of an attack by seven pirates with weapons. The report continued to say that ship personnel and the Tanzania Navy returned fire and subdued and arrested the pirates.

The Poseidonis on charter to Petrobras under a 20-month contract.

Tanzania Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda earlier this year issued a statement that the country was “compelled to beef up security” and that the “first step has been to provide escorts to vessels that request security assistance.”

10/05/2011

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