Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
The LEOPARD, managed by Shipcraft, was attacked Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf of Aden. A spokesperson for the company says they received a distress signal and report from the ship that it was being fired upon. There has been no contact with the ship since the distress call.
The ship manager also reports that the 1,780 dwt vessel is equipped with steel plates and barbed wire to protect its windows and doors from pirates.
The Danish Navy is investigating the attack and trying to locate the vessel. While the exact details of the cargo is unknown, Shipcraft’s website says “All vessels under SHIPCRAFT management are carrying dangerous, military and nuclear cargoes, worldwide.” The navy is investigating the hijacking and working to locate the vessel.
The ship’s crew includes four Filipinos and two Danes.