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Piracy Latest: DryShips bulk vessel hijacked

Piracy Latest: DryShips bulk vessel hijacked

Athens: Greek coal carrier MV Saldanha and its 22 crew members by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The 75,707dwt vessel, owned by DryShips Inc, was enroute to Slovenia at the time of the attack and is said to have adhered to security measures and available advice to attempt to avoid the attack.

According to reports, the Maltese-flagged bulker was captured despite the presence of the HMS Northumberland in the vicinity as the captain of the British warship was warned to keep its distance by the pirates as they boarded the vessel.

No further information about the vessel or its crew is currently available.  [24/02/09]