Yasa Neslihan crew 'safe'
THE crew of the 82,849 dwt kamsarmax bulk carrier Yasa Neslihan, which was hijacked on 29 October by armed pirates operating in the waters off Somalia, are all alive.
The master of the vessel, which is managed by Turkey"s Yasa Ship Management for Istanbul-based dry bulk operator Yasa Shipping Industry and Trade, contacted the company on Saturday.
?All hands are alive and unharmed,"" said a spokesman for Yasa Ship Management"s legal consultant, Istanbul-based Ulgener.
The vessel is anchored off the east coast of Somalia while no talks have yet started with the hijackers, Ulgener said.
The 2005-built, Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was hijacked with 20 crew on board in the Gulf of Aden as it was proceeding with a trip to China from Canada with a cargo of iron ore.
The Yasa Neslihan is classed by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and insured by the UK P&I Club, while its registered owner is Marshall Islands-based Nouvelle Shipmanagemet Co, according to the Equasis database.
Yasa Shipping & Trade is part of Yasa Holdings, which also owns Yasa Tanker & Transporation. The dry bulk unit took delivery last month of its first capesize ship, the 207,000 dwt Yasa Dream.
The company operates a fleet of 15 bulkers.