Somali Pirates Seize Hong Kong Ship; 24 Chinese Crew Members on Board

From Xinhua:

Armed Somali pirates hijacked Wednesday a Hong Kong bulk carrier with 25 crew members, 24 of them Chinese, off the Somali coast, the Chinese embassy in Nairob confirmed.

The bulk carrier owned by Sinotrans of Hong Kong was en route from Tunisia to Pipavav, India when it was hijacked off the eastern coast of Somalia, the 14th of such seizure by the pirates in the past two months, said Andrew Mwangura, an coordinator of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program (SAP).

Additional details from AFP:

Somali pirates seized a Greek ship and a Hong Kong-flagged vessel in the latest in a string of attacks that have prompted calls for international action, officials said on Thursday.

[…] Hijackers also took the Hong Kong-flagged Great Creation on Wednesday with its 25 crew — 24 Chinese and one Sri Lankan. The ship was headed to the Indian port of Pipavav from Tunisia, said Andrew Mwangura who runs the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers Assistance programme.

Mwangura told AFP the ship was being taken to Eyl, a pirate lair in Somalia’s northern breakaway state of Puntland.


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