German bulk carrier hijacked in the Gulf of Aden
05/05/2009 18.46 GMT
A German owned and German managed bulk carrier this afternoon was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden in a position approximately 120 nautical miles north of Boosaaso in Somalia (1322N 04923E). The vessel, carrying a load of 10.000 tons of rice, was sailing in the transit corridor and was picked out of a group transit within only a few minutes. A helicopter from the closest warship was too late to prevent the ship from being hijacked. The crew of 11 sailors is believed to be unhurt.
05/05/2009 11.27 GMT
Somali Basin (02 38S,053 49E)
Two skiffs chased a vehicle carrier underway and attempted to board her several times. Vessel made evasive manoeuvres and escaped from the pirates. The skiffs aborted the attempt. All vessels are advised to remain vigilant.
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Vehicle Carrier usually refers to a car ship or PCTC