10 May 2010 05:37 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Pirates, believed to be from Somalia, seized a German-owned chemical tanker off the coast of Oman on Saturday afternoon, the EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) said over the weekend.
A pirate skiff had fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the 13,000-tonne tanker Marida Marguerite, 120 miles south of ?xml:namespace>
Oman is one of the countries bordering the Gulf of Aden, which is menaced by Somali pirates forcing some ships to take a longer route to avoid the pirate-infested shores of Somalia.
The German-operated chemical tanker has a crew of 19 Indian, one Ukranian and two Bangladeshi, EU NAVFOR added.
“A passing merchant ship tried to make contact by VHF (very high frequency) radio but received a response from the bridge of the hijacked vessel to ‘go away’. EU NAVFOR will continue to monitor the situation,” it said.
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