Monday, June 28, 2010

Hijacking Of MV Golden Blessing

As reported HERE

In the early hours of 28 July, pirates took control of the MV Golden Blessing approximately 60 nautical miles off the northern Somali coast. On notification from the Master of the MV Golden Blessing that pirates were on board, the EU NAVFOR German warship Schleswig-Holstein immediately launched its helicopter and reported sighting suspected pirates on board the MV Golden Blessing.
The MV Golden Blessing, a Singapore flagged tanker of 14,445 tonnes is carrying a cargo of glycol ethelene and is now moving towards the Somali Coast . The MV Golden Blessing has a crew of 19 Chinese; there are no reports of injuries. The vessel is now under pirate control and moving towards the Somali Coast.  EU NAVFOR is continuing to monitor the situation.
EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the ‘World Food Program’ (WFP) and vessels of AMISOM, and to protect vulnerable ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EUNAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

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