11 November 2009 17:30 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Somali pirates have captured a Greek bulk carrier with a cargo of 22,000 tonnes of urea in the south Somali basin of the Indian Ocean, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) confirmed on Wednesday.
IMB spokesperson Cyrus Mody and a South Africa-based fertilizer importer said that the seized ship was the MV Filitsa.
The fertilizer importer said the ship was carrying a Kuwaiti urea cargo destined for two receivers in ?xml:namespace>
There have been no ransom demands made but it is expected that the vessel will be taken to Eyl, the pirates’ enclave.
The end of the monsoon season and Ramadan has meant a pick-up in pirate activity along the east coast of
“We are expecting more incidents along the east coast of
Seafarers are advised to maintain a lookout at all times and be vigilant when transiting areas that are notorious for piracy, according to the IMB.
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