Ship bound for Durban held by pirates

The seizure of a Belgian dredging ship by Somali pirates 10 days ago could impact on the progress of Durban’s R300-million harbour- widening project. The dredger – or stone carrier – was on its way to Durban from Dubai when it was captured off the coast of East Africa, north of the Seychelles, on Saturday, April 18. The most recent reports say the Pompei is now anchored off the Somali coast and negotiations are continuing for its release.