Maersk confirms vessel hijack

20 US seafarers on board when the vessel was taken.
Pirates surround the captive crew of the Ukrainian-registered  MV Faina, which was released in February. Courtesy of AFP/Getty
Pirates surround the captive crew of the Ukrainian-registered MV Faina, which was released in February. Courtesy of AFP/Getty

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Shipping giant Maersk has confirmed that the 1100 TEU container vessel, Maersk Alabama, has been hijacked.

“The vessel is deployed in Maersk Line's East Africa service network and was enroute to Mombasa, when it was attacked approximately 500 kilometres of the Somalia coast. Our initial concern is to ensure proper support of the crew and assistance to their families,” said a company release, adding that in this point in time Maersk did not have any futher information.

LogisticsMiddleEast.com spoke to a field agent working for the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Middle East field office in Manama, Bahrain, who was unable to provide any further details.

The incident is the most serious in a recent increase in piracy attacks, which had until the last few weeks been slowly decreasing.

On 6th April, a UK-owned ship was also hijacked, following a weekend which also saw the capture of a French yacht, a Yemeni tug and a 20,000 tonne German container vessel.
 

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