|Estimated vicinity of capture|
Somali pirates have hijacked a Panama-flagged tanker in the Somali Basin with 24 crew members, European Union anti-piracy force said on Saturday.Ship photo by Dirk from Shipspotting.com and used in accord with that site's terms.
"The owner confirmed this morning that his vessel was under pirate control," Klingvall said in a statement.
The MV Polar, deadweight 72,825 tons, has a crew of 24, of which one is Romanian, three are Greek, four Montenegrin and 16 Filipino, he said. The Horn of African nation is at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden, which leads to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, one of the world's most important shipping channels.