Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Somalia: Where is the MV Jaikur II?

Have Somali pirates nabbed a World Food Program ship? Maybe, as reported at Missing UAE ship feared seized by pirates off Somalia:
A Comoros-registered cargo ship is missing off Somalia with 14 Indian crew aboard and a Kenyan maritime official said Tuesday he feared it had been seized by pirates.

Andrew Mwangura, East Africa's Coordinator of Seafarers Assistance Program (SAP), said the MV Jaikur II, owned by Al Rashid Shipping Dubai went missing while sailing on Somali waters from Kenya.

"The vessel left Mombasa a week ago with 14 Indians headed for Somalia but its missing on Somali waters. We fear the pirates might have seized it," Mwangura told Xinhua by telephone.

If confirmed, the MV Jaikur II would be the fourth vessel being held by pirates this year in one of the world's most dangerous waterways.
An earlier report of the MV Jaikur II being escorted on a WFP mission by a Dutch frigate here.

UPDATE: And, on the other hand, as politely noted by Eric in the comments, the ship seems not to be missing - see here. Or in the immortal words of Emily Litela:

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