On Saturday, April 25, 2009, at around 19:35, there
was an attempted attack on the MSC Melody cruise ship in waters near the
The ship’s staff immediately initiated avoidance
procedures which resulted in none of the attackers being able to
board the ship. No injuries were sustained by any of the
approximately 1,000 passengers or 500 crew members onboard.
The MSC Melody was sailing 180 nautical miles
from Port Victoria in the Seychelles when Somali pirates
approached the ship in a small speedboat, firing automatic
weapons. MSC Cruises’ security officers fired back as the
speedboat approached and the pirates quickly retreated. MSC
Cruises then informed the Italian government foreign office (La
Farnesina), the Maritime Security Centre in London and the
Coordination Centre for Security in Dubai.
The cruise operator has subsequently initiated
further proactive measures in the interest of safety and security
of its ship. An international security forces military vessel has
been sent to escort the MSC Melody as a precaution while the ship
continues on to Aqaba, Jordan, and all scheduled routes for MSC
Melody have been changed effective immediately, as have the routes
of ships sailing on similar itineraries.
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