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Pirates seize chemical tanker

Pirates seize chemical tanker
A British-flagged chemical tanker and its 26 crew were seized in the Gulf of Aden on Monday by the same group of pirates holding the British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler hostage since late October.

A British-flagged chemical tanker and its 26 crew were seized in the Gulf of Aden on Monday by the same group of pirates holding the British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler hostage since late October.

A British-flagged chemical tanker and its 26 crew were seized in the Gulf of Aden on Monday by the same group of pirates holding the British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler hostage since late October.

?We have hijacked a ship with [a] British flag in the Gulf of Aden late yesterday,? pirate commander Mohamed Shakir told by phone from the town of Garacad where he was waiting for his associates to return from the high seas. ?We have peacefully captured the ship and no shots were fired and [there are] no casualities,? he said.

In late October the gang kidnapped the Chandlers, a British couple from Kent, who were sailing around the world in their yacht, the Lynn Rival.

Andrew Mwangura of the Mombasa-based East Africa Seafarers" Association, which monitors incidents of piracy, said the St James Park sent a distress signal after coming under attack in the Gulf of Aden"s busy shipping routes.

Mr Mwangura said that the crew came from eight different countries but he was unable to confirm whether any Britons were onboard. Mr Shakir said he believed that none of the hostages were British.

The 460-foot vessel weighing 7,926-tonnes was transporting chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics from Spain to Thailand when it was hijacked. It then changed course for the Somali coast. The ship is expected to reach either Haradheere or Hobyo ? both notorious pirate havens ? on Tuesday evening.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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