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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.
Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin

In the afternoon Dec 10 2010 general cargo North Spirit requested immediate assistance 50 miles off Cape Ortegal, Bay of Biscay. Vessel was enroute Sweden

At 1212 UTC Dec 10 2010 in position 0957S 04146E Somali pirates attacked boxship MSC Panama on 2 skiffs, vessel was fired upon with AKs and RPG. Pirates managed to highjack vessel,  crew 23 all Myanmar, vessel was enroute from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) to Beira (Mozambique), reports EU NAVFOR. MSC Panama - IMO 8902125, dwt 26288, built 1989, flag Liberia, manager Eastwind Shipmanagement Singapore, owner Eurus Berlin New York. Map with highjack pos at

Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin

Around 0200 LT Nov 28 2010 in 52 26 N 003 54 W some 23 nm W off Ijmuiden collided two tankers, LPG Trout and chemical Kardeniz, both vessels proceeding roughly in one direction, Trout 194 deg speed 9.6 knots, Kardeniz 184 deg speed 13.6, Kardeniz struck Trout in engine room area, so it

The coast guard has launched a chase on the high seas for a merchant vessel, which reportedly left the Mumbai port without discharging cargo worth $1.7 million (Rs7.7 crore).  The vessel Dynamic Strike had come to the Mumbai port from Croatia on October 28. It is a Panama flagged vessel and had been anchored at the Mumbai port since then.
Deputy commissioner of police, port zone, Quaiser Khalid said,

Owner of Russian m/v Vladimir Timofeyev gave to Maritime Bulletin detalied description of what happened in the evening hours of Nov 18 near Norwegian waters in Barents sea, both in written form and on the phone. Facts they are stating leave no doubt, that m/v Vladimir Timofeyev has nothing to do with collision and subsequent sinking of Norwegian fishing vessel Fl

At 2152 LT Nov 18 2010 Rescue Coordination Center Bodo Norway got an alert message from fishing vessel Fl

Crew saved thanks to citadel, UKMTO and Indian Navy
and nearly lost thanks to owner

MV HANNIBAL II pirated in the Somali Basin
Early this morning, the MV HANNIBAL II, a Panamanian-flagged vessel, was pirated whilst on route from Malaysia to Suez. The 24,105 tonne chemical tanker was carrying vegetable oils from Pasir Gudang to Suez at the time.  The master of the vessel reported that he had been attacked and boarded by pirates in an area some 860 nautical miles East of The Horn of Africa which is considerably closer to India than it is to Somalia.   
The MV HANNIBAL II has a total of 31 crew on board.  This number consists of 23 Tunisians, 4 Filipinos, 1 Croatian, 1 Georgian, 1 Russian and 1 Moroccan.
November 11, 2010, EU NAVFOR Public Affairs Office

Hannibal II IMO 8011756, dwt 23404, built 1983, flag Panama, owner Gabes Marine Tankers Tunis Tunisia.

Comment: Vessel was pirated either in 17.13N 65.30E or in 11.26N 66.05E, in both cases it

Bulk carrier NASCO Diamond disappeared in Philippines sea, search started, all vessels warned to look for any traces. Last known position 21-05N 123-50E, last AIS signal dated Oct 15 2010, last port of call Lianyungang, bulker left port on Oct 10. Crew 25, all Chinese. NASCO Diamond IMO 9467861, dwt 57000, built 2009, flag Panama, owner Nanjing Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd. Pic and map at
Pic at shipspotting not correct
Mikhail Voytenko
Maritime Bulletin

Shipping News and information / Statistics of pirated vessels and crews
« on: November 04, 2010, 08:45:22 AM »
I think, there must be exact definitions for vessels recognized as pirated, because if we start to count each highjacked floating object we won

Shipping News and information / In what world do we live?
« on: October 31, 2010, 04:58:01 AM »
Ecoterra Intl published update on situation in Somali basin and recent developments. This update cleared two riddles. In Notices to Mariners dated Oct 28 we found, that pirates highjacked three vessels on October 28:
12-08N 054-25E AT 281156Z OCT.   
AT 282011Z OCT.
Now Ecoterra Intl explains, that highjack in GoA was dhow related:

A motorized Dhow was seized on October 28, 2010 at 11h56 UTC (14h56 local time) in position 12:08N

Shipping News and information / Free-of-charge bunkering method found
« on: October 27, 2010, 02:26:35 AM »
On 24 Oct 10 at or about 1620 hrs, a Singapore-registered tugboat, Surya Putra 5 was underway approximately 8 nm east of Selat Berhala, Indonesia (1

On October 18 2010 typhoon Megi sank two cargo vessels, both general cargo, in Taiwan Strait. Malaysian Dili Star crew all safe, but Taiwanese Xin Yi 18 saved, 4 missing. Xin Yi IMO 8017580 dwt 8041, built 1981, flag Panama, owner Taiwanese company. Dili Star IMO 8920270, dwt 3628, built 1991, flag Malaysia.

Shipping News and information / General cargo sank in Black sea
« on: October 11, 2010, 12:09:54 PM »
October 11 0536 Moscow time

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