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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Somali Pirates: Tanker Hijacked Off Oman

Hijacking was so close to shore GoogleEarth puts it on land
Reported here:
Sea pirates Saturday hijacked a tanker with 21 Indian crew members onboard from Salalah Port in Oman, a top maritime authority said.

The Marshall Island flagged ship, MT Fairchem Bogey, was hijacked while it was anchored off the port, according to the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS).

The ship is managed by Messrs. Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (India) Pvt Ltd.

The Indian Navy and other maritime security agencies have been informed of the development, according to the DGS.
Photo copyright Peter Karberg from Shipspotting.com and used iaw terms of that site
NATO alert on this incident:
Alert 213 / 2011 20/08/2011 01:50 1654N 05403E Pirated
---WARNING WARNING WARNING---

***This vessel has been hijacked***

At 0150 UTC 20 AUG a merchant vessel was reported Hijacked by pirates in position 16 54 N 054 03 E.
UPDATE: Reuters reports that hijacking occurred in port:
Salalah Port
The Directorate General of Shipping said the Fairchem Bogey, a chemical-oil tanker managed by Mumbai-based Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, was hijacked while anchored in Salalah port, and the Salalah-based shipping source said the vessel was being loaded with methanol when it was seized.

The port’s operator, APM Terminals, however, said pirates boarded the vessel while it was two miles off the coast of Oman, awaiting a berth, and commandeered it toward Somalia.

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