A vessel belonging to chemical tanker shipping group Stolt-Nielsen, which was released from Somali captors on Tuesday, is drifting unprotected off the coast of Somalia, the company said this morning.
“Despite repeated requests for military protection none has been forthcoming,” Stolt-Nielsen said in a statement.
Stolt-Nielsen said the vessel “MT Stolt Strength” was accompanied by a naval warship after its release from hijackers, but left unprotected after that ship was redeployed, Reuters says.
“Stolt-Nielsen and the owner continue to seek assistance for the ship in order to secure the safe return of the crew,” it said.
“As a result of the long captivity the ship is low on bunker fuels and is now awaiting the arrival of a bunker barge arranged by the owner/manager,” the group said.
The vessel was taken by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on November 10 last year while on passage from Dakar in Senegal to Kandla in India.
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. says it is one of the world’s leading providers of transportation services for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids, and other specialty liquids.