Somali pirates hijack UAE-flagged oil tanker

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Somali pirates have seized a United Arab Emirates owned and flagged oil tanker with a crew of 16 people, the European Union’s naval force (EU Navfor) for Somalia said today.

The 4831 dwt, MV Jubba XX was captured yesterday morning in the northern Indian Ocean while loaded with oil, on a regular route from UAE to the Somali port of Berbera.
“Little information is available at present but it is reported that nine suspected Somali pirates are on board,” the EU Navfor said in a statement.

It added that the ship was carrying crew made up of a Sri Lankan, three Bangladeshis, five Indians, four Somalis, a Kenyan, a Sudanese and one crew member from Myanmar.

One fuel trader in Mogadishu said that vessels carrying commodities to the conflict-torn horn-of-Africa nation, were increasingly being targeted by pirates.
“We are very concerned the increasing piracy attacks against our ships,” Ahmed Shire, the fuel trader told Reuters by phone.

On Friday it was reported that Somali pirates had hijacked a vessel carrying livestock off the shores of Puntland, according to a local official.

The vessel, the Al Nasri, was sailing from Bosasso in Somalia to the United Arab Emirates with 2 000 goats, Hassan Farah Jamac, Puntland’s commerce and industry minister told Reuters late on Thursday.
“It was carrying a lot of goats from Bosasso,” Jamac said. “We are very sorry about that. Our forces are now preparing to rescue the boat with the help of the foreign navies.”

The ship, which has a crew of seven Indian and seven Pakistanis, was released yesterday as it neared the Yemeni coast. Puntland Vice Minister of Maritime Transport, Ports and Counter-Piracy Mohamed Isse Lacle told Somalia Report that the vessel, crew and livestock are safe.

Here are details of ships still held by Somali pirates.
* SOCOTRA 1: Seized on Dec. 25, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. The Yemeni-owned ship had six Yemeni crew.
* ICEBERG 1: Seized on March 29, 2010. Roll-on roll-off vessel captured 10 miles (16 km) from Aden. Crew of 24.
* Three Thai fishing vessels — PRANTALAY 11, 12 and 14 — hijacked on April 17-18. Total of 77 crew. Only Prantalay 12 is left in captivity. Prantalay 11 and 14 were freed by the Indian navy.
* OLIB G: Seized on Sept. 8. Maltese-flagged merchant vessel with 18 crew — 15 Georgians, three Turks.
* CHOIZIL: Seized on Oct. 26. South African-owned yacht hijacked after leaving Dar es Salaam. European Union anti-piracy task force rescued one South African but two other crew members were taken ashore and held as hostages.
* POLAR: Seized on Oct. 30. Liberian-owned Panama-flagged 72,825-tonne tanker seized 580 miles east of Socotra. Crew of 24 — one Romanian, three Greeks, four Montenegrins, 16 Filipinos.
* ALBEDO: Seized on Nov. 26. Malaysian-owned cargo vessel was taken 900 miles off Somalia as it headed for Mombasa from UAE. Crew of 23 from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran.
* PANAMA: Seized on Dec. 10. Liberian-flagged container ship en route from Tanzania to Beira. Crew of 23 from Myanmar.
* ORNA: Seized on Dec. 20. The Panama-flagged bulk cargo vessel, 27,915 dwt, owned by the United Arab Emirates, was seized 400 miles northeast of the Seychelles.
* SHIUH FU NO 1: Seized Dec. 25. Somali pirates appeared to have seized the Taiwanese-owned fishing vessel near the northeast tip of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The vessel had a crew of 26 Taiwanese, Chinese and Vietnamese nationals.
* BLIDA: Seized on Jan. 1, 2011. The 20,586-tonne Algerian-flagged bulk carrier was seized about 150 miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The ship, with 27 crew from Algeria, Ukraine and the Philippines, was heading to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from Salalah with a cargo of clinker.
* HOANG SON SUN: Seized on Jan. 19. The 22,835-tonne bulk carrier, which is Mongolian flagged and Vietnamese-owned and has a crew of 24 Vietnamese nationals, was seized about 520 nautical miles southeast of the port of Muscat.
* SAVINA CAYLYN: Seized on Feb. 8. The 104,255-dwt tanker, Italian-flagged and owned, was on passage to Malaysia from Sudan when it was attacked 670 miles east of Socotra Island. It had five Italians and 17 Indians on board.
* SININ: Seized on Feb. 12. The Maltese owned and registered bulk carrier was seized with a crew of 13 Iranian and 10 Indian nationals in the North Arabian Sea. The 53,000 dwt vessel was on route to Singapore from Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
* ALFARDOUS: Seized on Feb. 13. The Yemeni fishing vessel was believed to have been pirated close to Socotra Island in the Gulf of Aden and has a crew of eight.
* DOVER: Seized on Feb. 28. It was taken about 260 nautical miles northeast of Salalah in Oman. The Panamanian flagged, Greek owned vessel was on its way to Saleef (Yemen) from Port Quasim (Pakistan) when it was attacked. The crew consists of three Romanians, one Russian and 19 Filipinos.
* SINAR KINDUS: Seized on March 16. The Indonesian flagged and owned bulk cargo carrier was taken approximately 320 miles northeast of Socotra in the Somali Basin. The ship, with 20 crew, was quickly used to launch further attacks.
* ROSALIA D’AMATO: Seized on April 21. The Italian-owned bulk carrier was captured 350 miles (560 km) off the coast of Oman. The 74,500 tonne bulk carrier was on its way to Bandar Imam Khomeini in Iran from Brazil with a cargo of soya. The 21 crew consisted of six Italians and 15 Filipinos.
* GEMINI: Seized on April 30. The Singapore-flagged chemical tanker was seized off the Tanzanian coast, 115 miles east of Zanzibar. The 29,871 dwt vessel carried 28,000 metric tonnes of crude palm oil from Kuala Tanjung in Indonesia to Mombasa in Kenya. The 25 crew consist of four from South Korea, 13 from Indonesia, three from Myanmar and five from China.
* JUBBA XX: Seized on July 17: The United Arab Emirates owned and 4,831 dwt flagged oil tanker was captured in the northern Indian Ocean and had a crew of 16. The tanker was captured while loaded with oil on a regular route from UAE to the Somali port of Berbera.