The captain of the Zhenhua 4 told how his well-prepared crew held off the pirates - who were armed with rocket-propelled grenades - when the ship was boarded by pirates on Tuesday in the Gulf of Aden.
“Seven of the nine pirates landed on our ship, all with weapons,” said the captain, Peng Weiyuan, speaking to China Central Television.
“Our crew, who had been well trained and prepared, used water cannon, self-made incendiary bombs [Molotov cocktails or petrol bombs], beer bottles and anything else that could be used to battle with them. Thirty minutes later, the pirates gestured to us for a ceasefire.
“Then the helicopter from the joint fleet came to help us.”
The ship was one of four vessels seized by pirates on Tuesday, the same day the United Nations Security Council took a strong stand against the attacks and authorised countries to pursue the gunmen on to Somali soil.
Mr Armstrong is an adviser to the Lloyd’s War Risk Committee. He said that the committee constantly updated its list of dangerous waters. Formerly risky areas such as Egypt, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Angola and Iran had been removed from the list, he said, while Thailiand, the Malacca Straits and Somalia were new additions. Balik Papan, the waters off Borneo, are the most dangerous in the world, according to the committee.