A Chinese freighter was hijacked by pirates near the Gulf on Friday morning, the Chinese embassy in Tehran said.More from the BBC here:
The cargo ship belonging to a Nanjing company was hijacked at about 9:30 am local time (0500 GMT) in the Sea of Oman near the Iranian port Chabahar.
The vessel, the Xianghuamen*, belongs to the Nanjing Ocean Shipping Co Ltd based in Nanjing, eastern China. One report said the ship was sailing with a crew of 28.NATO report:
That low, low freeboard. Vessel is Panama registered. *Apparently the ship is the former Thor Navigator. See also Marine Traffic.com.
Alert 030/12 - Update: HIJACKED 06/04/2012 05:55 25.48 57.53 Pirated Alert 030/12 - ATTACK (Also Known as NSC 015/12) Alert 030/12, NSC 015/12 UPDATE: The merchant vessel that was under attack has been Hijacked. ***This vessel has been Hijacked*** Vessels are advised to keep well clear and to exercise extreme caution if in vicinity. Original Alert information follows: Location: INDIAN OCEAN - GOO 25 28 N 057 32 E Latitude: 25 28 N Longitude: 057 32 E At 0555UTC on 06 APR 12, a merchant vessel was under attack by pirates in position 25 28 N 057 32 E. ***This situation is ongoing. ***
Based on NATO plot, arrow points to hijack site