Sunday, December 26, 2010

Somali Pirates Grab a Ship on 25 Dec

Photo by Vladimir Knyaz from Shipspotting.com and used iaw with the terms therein
Pirates grab Thai-flagged ship:
Suspected Somali pirates have hijacked a merchant ship with 27 crew off the sultanate of Oman, the head of a regional maritime group said on Saturday.

Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan-based East African Seafarers Assistance Programme said the pirates had seized the Thai-flagged vessel early on Saturday.

"Reports reaching Mombasa ... indicate that early this morning pirates sized MV Thor Nexus some 350 nautical miles east of Salalah, Oman," Mwangura said in a statement.

"The ... bulk carrier and 27 all Thai crew members were taken by pirates while under way to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates."

Update: NATO report of captured ship: 
December 25 2010
WARNING Somali Basin / Indian Ocean
Latitude: 16°01N Longitude: 060°12E

Alert number 565 / 2010.
***This vessel has been hijacked***

At 0140 UTC /25 DEC 10 / a merchant vessel was reported Hijacked by pirates in position 16°01 N 060°12 E.


  1. This does not stack up...... UAE to Bangladesh does not go anywhere near the position of Hijack - me thinks this was a hijack up in the Arabian Basin maybe 22N 68E and that it was only reported by the master at the position given as his heading at the time of the report was already 217 degrees as we were tracking the ship in the previous hours.....

  2. Thanks, good correction.