Somali pirates hijack ship with 21 Indian sailors from Oman

By REUTERS
August 20, 2011 17:51

 
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MUMBAI/DUBAI - Somali pirates hijacked a tanker managed by an Indian firm and with 21 Indian sailors on board on Saturday from an Omani port, India's government shipping agency and a Gulf shipping source said, the second such incident in the Gulf Arab state's waters since January.

The Directorate General of Shipping said the Fairchem Bogey, a chemical-oil tanker managed by Mumbai-based Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, was hijacked while anchored in Salalah port, and the Salalah-based shipping source said the vessel was being loaded with methanol when it was seized.

The port's operator, APM Terminals, however, said pirates boarded the vessel while it was two miles off the coast of Oman, awaiting a berth, and commandeered it towards Somalia.

Tom Boyd, director of external communications at APM Terminals, told Reuters there were no reported injuries or deaths among the crew, adding that the Omani government was negotiating with the pirates.

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