In a bid to curb the growing incidents of piracy in international waters,the government has deployed a naval ship for anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden,Parliament was informed today.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha,Minister of Shipping,Road Transport and Highways T R Baalu said that the Indian naval ship would provide protection to Indian flagged merchant ships.
The) Government is seized of the problem of piracy in the international waters. A naval ship has been deployed for anti-piracy patrols in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden to provide protection to Indian flagged merchant ships, Baalu said.
He said the Indian warship would coordinate patrolling with warships of other nationalities present in the Gulf of Aden.
A proposal to set up Indian Marine casualty Investigation Bureau is under consideration of the government, Baalu added.
The Rajya Sabha was also informed that one Indian merchant ship has fallen prey to hijackers near the coast of Somalia,while attempts have been made to hijack three more ships.
While the MSV Shiv Shamboo was hijacked in October last year and released after five days,three others ships including MV Jag Arnav,MT Abul Kalam Azad and Prem Divya were targeted unsuccessfully by hijackers between November,2008,and February this year.