"It is heading west, in the direction of Somalia," said Commander Paddy O'Kennedy, spokesman for the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR).The Savina Caylyn, which was manned by a crew of five Italians and 17 Indians, was captured early Tuesday some 800 kilometers (500 miles) west of India and 1,300 kilometers east of Somalia.
Five pirates boarded the ship from a single skiff after launching a sustained attack with small firearms and four rocket propelled grenades.The ship's captain had unsuccessfully attempted to ward off the pirates, quickly changing gears and shooting them with water jets.EU NAVFOR spokesman Jimmie Adamsson said authorities had had no communication with the ship since the pirates took over."Once a vessel is pirated, it's typical to lose communication as the pirates head for Somalia and start negotiations with the owners of the ship," Adamsson said.No crew members were initially reported injured in the attack.
An Italian navy frigate was reported heading for the scene of the attack but remained some 1,000 kilometers away.The 226-meter (741-foot), Aframax-type vessel can carry a maximum of just over 700,000 barrels of oil, worth 86 million euros ($63 million).The ship, which was carrying crude for the Arcadia commodities trading company, was on passage to Pasir Gudang in Malaysia from Marsa Bashayer in Sudan. (AFP)
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