Somali pirates seize Libyan cargoship.
SOMALI pirates in the Gulf of Aden have captured Libyan-owned general cargoship Rim from a position north of the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, according to a statement from EU Navfor.
The hijack of the 1973-built, 4,800 dwt vessel, which is flagged in North Korea, occurred on Tuesday, although the development has only been reported today. According to the Lloyd"s Marine Intelligence Unit database, the ship is associated with Tripoli-based White Sea Shipping.
Confirmation of the incident came from US destroyer Porter and a helicopter from another US warship, Farragut. Both are part of Combined Task Force 151.
?Rim has now altered course and is heading towards the Somali Basin. Coalition forces will now monitor the situation,? EU Navfor added.
Local reports suggest that the pirates behind the incident are from Somalia"s semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland. One Non-Government Organisation in the region is claiming that the ship has 17 people on board, including Romanian and Libyan nationals.
Somali pirates are holding nine ships with a total of 216 crew members, not including those on Rim, according to the London office of the International Maritime Bureau.