Tanker Hijacked by Pirates off Yemen


The NATO Shipping Centre reports that on Saturday, 16 July at 0742 UTC pirates hijacked a merchant ship 220 nautical miles off the Yemeni island of Socotra.

According to other sources the vessel is the 4831 ts DWT  motor tanker MT Jubba XX, owner Jubba General Trading Co., registered in the United Arab Emirates. The same source says that nine heavily armed pirates boarded the ship 220 nm (about 410 km) northwest of Socotra, an island 200 kilometers northeast of the Horn of Africa.

The tanker was on its regular run from Mina Qaboos in Oman to Berbera, the largest port city in the de-facto independent Somaliland. What happened to the 16-man crew (5 Indian, 4 Somali, 3 Bangladeshi, 1 Sri Lankan, 1 Sudanese, 1 Kenyan, 1 Burmese) is unclear at this moment, but chances are that the men are held hostage.

The Jubba XX was last seen this morning heading for the Somali coast.

(Sources: NATO Shipping Centre, Somalia Report, Marsec247; 18 Juli 2011)

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About Johann Brandstätter

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