PIRATES TAKE BRIT SHIP
Thursday April 9th, 2009
Despite the increased efforts of various naval forces acts of piracy off the coast of Somali continue to be a threat. In one of the latest incidents pirates have seized a British owned ship in the Gulf or Arden. According to the EU’s maritime security centre the 32,000 Italian operated bulk carrier, Malaspina Castle, was taken by bandits in the early hours of 6th April.
OUMWA have stated that the families of the crew have been informed that all on board are safe. They added that the local manning agency for the vessel is working on the ship’s release.
On the same day Pirates also hijacked Win Far 161 off the Seychelles, which was crewed by 17 Filipino migrant workers. The local manning agency is still verifying details. According to the DFA, “The Philippine government continues to coordinate closely with concerned foreign governmental authorities and the local manning agencies of the captured vessels for the early and safe release of the Filipino seafarers,”
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