Panama-flagged merchant vessel carrying cement bags hijacked in the Gulf of Aden

August 2nd, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by BNO News  

GULF OF ADEN (BNO NEWS) — A Panamanian-flagged merchant vessel carrying more than two dozen crew members was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on early Monday, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said.

The MV Suez, which has a deadweight of 17,3000 tonnes, reported being under small arms fire from a pirate attack and minutes later she reported that pirates had boarded the ship.

“After notification of the attack, attempts were made to make contact with the MV SUEZ but to no avail,” the EU force said in a statement. The ship was traveling in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor when it was attacked.

A helicopter was sent to the ship when the crew reported being under attack, but pirates had already taken over the command of the vessel when it arrived at the scene.

The MV Suez - which was carrying a cargo of cement bags - was carrying a total crew of 23, including individuals from Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.

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