Ensuring the safety of the crew is our first and foremost priority
The Vela International Marine Ltd. VLCC tanker SIRIUS STAR is now believed to be at anchor off the coast of Somalia. The fully laden oil tanker was seized earlier in the week by a group of armed pirates approximately 420 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.
All 25 crew members on board are believed to be safe. The crew consists of 2 British, 2 Polish, 1 Croatian, 1 Saudi and 19 Philippines nationals.
"Our first and foremost priority is ensuring the safety of the crew," Salah B. Ka'aki, President & CEO of Vela International Marine Ltd. said. "We are in communication with their families and are working toward their safe and speedy return."
Vela continues to monitor the situation and coordinate with the relevant embassies. At this time, Vela is awaiting further contact from the pirates in control of the vessel.
In view of the sensitive nature of this matter and in the interest of the safety of the crew on board the vessel, Vela will make no further public comments on this incident until further notice.