Two Icelandic trawlers may have to face pirates on their journey home from China, RÚV reports.
The trawlers Breki and Páll Pálsson are now sailing from China, where they were built, to their destination of Iceland. They are currently located between India and Somalia, where they must travel through an area known for piracy. Three heavily-armed soldiers are on board the ships and will accompany the crews as far as the Red Sea.
Magnús Rikharðsson, Breki’s captain, says the ship has served them well thus far. “We have now entered this danger zone and it will take us five days to sail through it. The most dangerous area is the Gulf of Aden and we will arrive there in about two days. If it all goes as planned then we could arrive home by the 11th of May,” Magnús says.
The trawlers are headed to seafood company Vinnslustöðin hf. in the Westman Islands. The company’s CEO Sigurgeir Brynjar Kristgeirsson stated it is “a major issue to sail this route. It’s 50 days of sailing. They have completed about one third of the trip.”