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Monday, May 26, 2008

Somali Pirates: Dutch freight ship hijacked in Gulf of Aden



Somali pirates strike again:
The Netherlands' national broadcaster is reporting that a Dutch freight ship has been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia. NOS news reports that pirates seized the ship, the MV Amiya Scan, in the Gulf of Aden.
TASS reports at least 4 of the crew were Russian.

More here:
"A ship owned by Dutch Reider Shipping was boarded off the coast of Somalia by pirates... The ship was hijacked in international waters in the Gulf of Aden," the owners said in a statement sent to AFP in Nairobi.

"The crew members are four Russian officers and five Filipino seamen. All relatives of the crew members have been informed and have been offered every support available.

"The ship owners stress that its first and foremost priority is the security of the crew members," the statement added.

The MV Amiya Scan was carrying a knocked-down drilling rig from the Kenyan port city of Mombasa when it was seized.

A Kenyan maritime official told AFP the ill-fated freighter left Mombasa on May 19 with no contact since.
Ship photo from ShipSpotting.com

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