Pirates hijack Norwegian tanker off Madagascar
Pirates have seized a tanker off Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and are sailing it towards the Somali coast, the ship's Norwegian owners have said.
The UBT Ocean was carrying oil from the United Arab Emirates to Tanzania, Svenn Pedersen, of owners Brovigtank, told Reuters.
A MARSHALL Islands-flagged product tanker was hijacked today in the Indian Ocean, a security source has told Fairplay.
The 9,224dwt UBT Ocean was taken this morning while heading towards Dar es Salaam, the source said.
The Royal Navy’s Dubai-based UK Maritime Trade Operations told Fairplay that it received a call from the vessel this morning, with one crew member saying it was being attacked, but the office was unable to obtain any further information due to poor reception.
“Since then, we have tried to phone them repeatedly, but haven’t been successful,” a UKMTO watchkeeper said.
Fariplay was unable to contact the vessel's operator, Singapore-based Nautictank.
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