Container ship Barrier (IMO 9151917) ran aground during the night of April 6th while leaving Beira, Mozambique, where she had been anchored since early March. The ship was disabled and was towed to Durban, arriving at Durban Anchorage on April 13th. 1998-built, Portugal-flagged, 11.925 gt Barrier is owned by Spirit of Kolkata GmbH & Cie care of manager Jebsen Shipping Partners Management GmbH & Co KG of Jork Niederelbe, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European division) on behalf of Spirit of Kolkata GmbH.
Offshore supply ship Remas (IMO 9586459) was attacked and boarded by armed pirates during the evening of April 9th in the Gulf of Mexico some 70nm north of Puerto Dos Bocas, Mexico. Pirates fired several shots and took several crew hostage, including officers. They robbed the ship of valuables, including ship equipment. The hostages apparently were taken as human shields during the attack to keep the remainder of the crew compliant. They were not kidnapped. Romanian members of the crew later posted a YouTube video which captured pirates threatening crew into obedience.
2011-built, Italy-flagged, 2,600 gt Remas is owned and managed by Micoperi SpA of Ravenna, Italy. It is entered with Gard AS on behalf of Micoperi SpA