The Italian owners of a container ship on Tuesday denied reports that it had been attacked by pirates off Somalia.
The East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme reported on Monday that suspected Somali pirates had attacked the Italian-flagged MV Jolly Turchese as it travelled through one of the world’s most dangerous waterways.
‘We have heard from the Jolly Turchese this morning and there has been absolutely no attack on our ship,’ Captain Cervetto Armando, fleet operator for Messina Lines, told Reuters by telephone from Italy.
‘The ship is on its way to Jeddah at a safe distance from the Somali coast.’
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Updating this and this, a report denying that Somali pirates have attacked and/or captured an Italian container ship found as Italian ship safe, away from Somali coast: owner: