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Second Samho tanker hijacked by Somali pirates

Seoul: A second Samho operated tanker, Samho Jewelry has been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian ocean. The 19,609 dwt chemical tanker was 350 nm southeast of the Port of Muscat, Oman, when it was pirated on the morning of 15 January according to EU Navfor. The vessel has a crew of 21 from Indonesia, Myanmar and South Korea onboard. The hijacking comes two months after the release of the VLCC Samho Dream for which a record $9.5m was paid for the release of the ship and its crew. According to the Korean government all the crew are safe and a warship has been dispatched to the region. The latest hijacking brings the total number of ships held to 28, with 693 seafarers held hostage. [17/01/11]

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