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March 26, 2009

Two more tanker hijackings

NATO reported earlier today that there have been five piracy incidents over the last 24 hours, including two tanker hijackings.

The most recent reported hijacking is that of the MT BOW ASIR taken at 0745 GMT in position 02 26' S - 048 11'E.

According to the Equasis data base, BOW ASIR is a 1982-built, 14,627 gt Bahamas-flag chemical tanker owned by Star Tankers Ltd. of the Isle of Man and managed by Norway's Salhus Shipping AS

The MT NIPAYIA was hijacked yesterday. There are 19 crew on board.

According to the Equasis data base, the ship is a Panama flagged. 5,357 gt chemical/oil products tanker managed by Lotus Shipping of Athens.

The ship is understood to have been captured 380 miles off Hobyo.

In an earlier incident noted by NATO, Somali pirates hijacked a yacht with two people on board after it left the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelless state broadcaster reported Wednesday (25 March). A government employee familiar with the case told The Associated Press that the vessel Serenity, with two crew from the Seychelles on board, disappeared after it left the islands Feb. 28 en route to Madagascar. It is unclear when the ship was seized.

There were also several unsuccessful attacks yesterday.

Yesterday at 0907 GMT, the MV EXPLORER III and the MV OCEAN EXPLORER reported that they were both being chased by two small boats. The EXPLORER III and the OCEAN EXPLORER increased speed, putting distance between them and the two small boats.

Yesterday at 2055 GMT, The MV FD GENNARO AURILIA reported a suspicious fishing boat approaching. The Master raised the alarm, increased speed and called for assistance from coalition warships. Fishing boat switched off its light and moved away.


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