MV Orna Burns as Freed MV Suez Attacked Again
MV Orna, laden with over 26,000 tons of coal, is reportedly on fire near Handule, some 18km north of Haradheere, Somalia. She had most recently been operating as a pirate mothership.
The Panama flagged bulk carrier was hijacked on December 20, 2010 some 400 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles on her way from Durban, South Africa to Okhaa, India.
The attack was launched from 2 attack skiffs, with pirates firing small arms and rocket propelled grenades at the merchant vessel. The vessel was stopped and boarded by at least 4 pirates.
The safety of the hostages (18 Syrians and 1 Sri Lankan) is unknown.
Somali pirates attempted to hijack the MV Suez which had just been release by pirates on Sunday and was on her way to Eritrea for ships stores and a crew change.
She was attacked by 4 armed pirates on a skiff. One pirate managed to get on-board but was overpowered by the crew. He jumped overboard leaving his AK-47 on the Suez.
She is now heading to Salalah with a naval escort.
The Egyptian owned general cargo vessel was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden on August 2, 2010 as she transited from Pakistan to Eritrea.
The crew is comprised of six Indians, four Pakistanis, and 12 Egyptians. Other sources report 11 Egyptians on board.