This is my first time in blog writing- sorry, typing (writing is so old fashioned).
I am now in IRTC. Guess what this IRTC is. hmmm....Indian Rural, no, Romantic, Trainers Club? Oh, no dear. It is Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor. Who recommended it? We the sailor's community? No, by IMO. Again another abbreviation! International Maritime Organisation. Why this corridor in sea? How can you.....?
On my vessel's right it is Ethiopia, and on my left there lies Yemen. I stand right in the middle of Gulf of Aden. Here, you must have heard ships being hijacked by pirates and kept under their custody for months together. The drama will end when high level negotiators finalise the amount to be given to release the ship. (I have started secretly dreaming of becoming a negotiator for them; they must be fetching good sums!)
Heard that there are around eight ships in their custody now along with crew.
We entered into corridor early this morning 6'O Clock. But yesterday evening 6'O clock, while we were passing Bab-el Mandap (the entry into Gulf of Aden from Red Sea-just may be 12 miles wide) we could see one small boat carrying four men speeding towards our ship. Njangaletha viruthanmaar! We had hired one armed vessel of 22m length with five gunmen to take us through this area. Randu vedi pottichathode avanmaar parannu.
Hope to finish the corridor by day after.
Now, there are around 8 ships going as a fleet along with Indian Navy vessel and Coalition forces vessel. They are just behind us.
Anyway, all the best to us to cross this seas and be there at Dubai by first of March