Now watching:

Catching The Pirate King

factual current affairs

1 season | 3 episodes | 52 min

available as ready made

In 2009, the Indian Ocean is the stage for a wave of daring hijackings. Somalian pirates in skiffs attack dozens of ships and take the crews hostage in exchange for large sums of money. This is also the fate of the Belgian ship the Pompei. Back in Brussels, a dedicated team does everything it can to free the 10-man crew. Meanwhile, the Belgian police identifies the culprits and decides to go after them. They zoom in on the leader of the biggest pirate cartel and put together a risky undercover operation to lure him out of his hideout and into a Belgian courtroom. In this three-part documentary series, the people involved on both sides look back on this remarkable story.

Interested in this series?

For Benelux: please contact us.

Outside Benelux: please contact Federation Studios


Original title

Kaping van de Pompei

First broadcast

Aug 30, 2022

Broadcast period


Production company



Barbara Dyck & Maarten Bernaerts


Lennart Stuyck & Maarten Stuyck