Singapore-flagged ship seized in Gulf of Aden

January 2, 2010
Singapore Democrats

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Adrian Croft

A Singapore-flagged chemical tanker was hijacked on Friday in the Gulf of Aden and was heading towards Somalia, a European Union counter-piracy force said.

Somali pirates have made tens of millions of dollars from seizing ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, linking Europe to Asia, and are also hunting far into the Indian Ocean to evade foreign navies sent to protect commercial shipping.

The M/V Pramoni, a chemical tanker of 20,000 dead weight tonnes, was hijacked when it was headed for Kandla in India, EU Navfor, based at Northwood, near London, said in a statement.

The ship has a crew of 24, including 17 Indonesians, five Chinese, one Nigerian and one Vietnamese, it said.

The ship’s master reported by radio that the ship had been hijacked and all the crew were well, EU Navfor said.