Tuesday’s order banning all motorised vessels from sailing south or west of a line between Salalah and Maldives is among the several measures India is taking to prevent further pirate attacks, said Nautical Advisor to the Government of India M. M. Saggi on Wednesday. He was speaking to The Hindu after inaugurating the National Maritime Day celebrations here.

“We have represented our case with International Maritime Organisation and the United Nations and are coordinating action with other navies to protect the seafarers,” said Captain Saggi.

India has banned all motorised vessels from sailing south or west of a line between Salalah and Maldives in a bid to stem the tide of pirate attacks, the latest incident being the hijacking by Somali pirates of at least seven vessels with about a 100 Indian crew on board.

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