EU NAVFOR Public Affairs Office: In the early hours of 27 December, the MV EMS RIVER was pirated approximately 175 nautical miles North East of the port of Salalah, Oman. The 5,200 tonne general cargo ship, which is Antigua/Barbuda flagged and German owned, was on her way to San Nicolas, Greece from Jebel Ali in the UAE at the time of the attack. She has a crew of 8 (1 Romanian, 7 Philipinos) and is carrying a cargo of Petroleum. The pirated vessel MV MOTIVATOR was in the vicinity of EMS RIVER throughout the attack which further enforces the current pirate modus operandi of the use of motherships. Comment: NATO reports vessel was highjacked Dec 28 1303 UTC in 17 57N 057 43E. Ems River IMO 9551662, dwt 5200, built 2010, flag Antigua & Barbuda, operator Grona Tankers.
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