05/11/2009 12.54 UTCUPDATE: More info here. Estimated attack area shown on map image.
Early this morning on 5 November a Greek owned (Marshall Island flagged) Bulk Carrier named the MV Delvina was hijacked in the south Somali Basin. The Bulk Carrier with a deadweight of 53,629 tonnes has a crew of 21 consisting of 7 Ukrainian and 14 Philipino. The vessel, that was heading for Zanzibar, has now turned around and is heading north. The ships is approximately 300 miles south east of Mombasa.
UPDATE2: Another reported attack, this time in the Gulf of Aden, from here:
TO : ALL SHIPS TRANSITING THE GULF OF ADEN
WARNING WARNING WARNING
05.11.2009: 0333 UTC: 1310N - 049:11E: GULF OF ADEN.
A MERCHANT VESSEL WAS UNDER PIRATE ATTACK IN ABOVE POSITION. SHIPS ARE ADVISED TO BE CAUTIOUS.
ALL SHIPS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO MAINTAIN A STRICT 24 HOURS VISUAL AND RADAR WATCH. EARLY ASSESSMENT / DETECTION WILL ALLOW SHIPS TO TAKE EVASIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT BOARDING AND REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.
ALL ATTACKS AND SUSPICIOUS SIGHTINGS INCLUDING POSSIBLE PIRATE MOTHER VESSEL TOWING SKIFFS SHOULD BE REPORTED. WHILE NAVIGATING IN THE REGION VESSELS ARE URGED TO OPERATE AT A HEIGHTENED STATE OF READINESS, MAINTAINING STRICT 24 HOUR ANTI-PIRACY VISUAL AND RADAR WATCHES, ACTIVELY IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDED ANTI-PIRACY MEASURES AND REGULARLY REPORT THEIR POSITION/COURSE/SPEED TO UKMTO.