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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Somali Pirates: Pirates Grab German LPG Ship in Gulf of Aden

Reported here:
PIRATES have today hijacked a German LPG ship with 13 crew in the Gulf of Aden.

The 4,316dwt Longchamp was en route to Asia from Europe escorted by a naval convoy when it was boarded by 7 armed pirates this morning, owners MPC Group told Fairplay.

The crew are 12 Philippinos and 1 Indonesian.
UPDATE: More info from the ICC CCS Live Piracy site:
Incident Details:

29.01.2009: 0340 UTC: Posn: 14:10N – 049:58E: Gulf of Aden.

Heavily armed pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a LPG tanker underway. Pirates boarded and hijacked the tanker and are sailing it to an undisclosed location in Somalia. Further reports awaited

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