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EMMA ALBERICI: A livestock ship travelling from the Philippines back to its base in Broome in
Western Australia has been raided by pirates.

It's believed to be the first time a cattle ship has been attacked by pirates in that region.

No crew were injured, but the boat - the MV Hereford Express - sustained serious damage to its
bridge.

Bronwyn Herbert spoke with the Broome Port Authority's, Vic Justice about the incident.

VIC JUSTICE: The pirates couldn't get on board because the sides of the Hereford Express are so
steep and they vented their spleen on the ship by firing at the Bridge. They took out some of the
Bridge windows. They took out the radar antenna, and they took out the radio mast.

Fortunately none of the crew men on the Hereford Express were injured but they managed to get away
from the pirates and made their way back to the Philippines where at this moment they're undergoing
repairs.

BRONWYN HERBERT: One would assume that is a fairly traumatic event to experience?

VIC JUSTICE: I imagine it must have been, and very devastating the captain and the crew men... they
are lovely people. They are very gentle Filipino folk and we enjoy having them here, in the court
of Broome, and their vessels come here quite often and we're very, very pleased collectively that
none of our friends on the Hereford Express were injured.

BRONWYN HERBERT: Given that this is a regular transport route for cattle from the North West of
Western Australia to the Philippines and South East Asia -and event like this, a piracy attack,
just how rare is it?

VIC JUSTICE: Well it's the first time that I've heard of one of the cattle ships being attacked by
the pirates. Some time ago an Australian oil team was attacked by pirates and there have been a
number of occasions where some cruising yachts from Australia have been attacked by pirates as
well.

BRONWYN HERBERT: The location of these attacks will that actually change the route of other ships,
of other livestock, heading to this region again in the Philippines?

VIC JUSTICE: Very difficult Bronwyn because the waters channel down to narrow points for example
the Malacca Straits. And the Malacca Straits is one of the busiest stretches of water in the world.
All of the traffic whether it's iron ore or cruise ships, or cattle ships whatever must go through
there, on their way too and from Australia.

So in that sense they're confined to a particular run, and I'd imagine that what this will do is
that ships will have extra vigilance when they are going through these stretches of water.

BRONWYN HERBERT: And Vic Justice what do you believe are the motives for these kind of piracy
attacks?

VIC JUSTICE: Primarily for money, there have been a few of the attacks that were perhaps
politically motivated in terms of terrorism.

The terrorism is an underlying cause of pirate attacks. They see it as a way of earning money for
their cause and I guess that greed and the criminal-mind, also are an underlying factor.

EMMA ALBERICI: The chief executive of the Broome Port Authority, Vic Justice, speaking to Bronwyn
Herbert.