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August 2, 2010

Pirates seize ship in "safe" corridor

EU NAVFOR reports that in the early hours of today, August 2, the 17,300 dwt MV Suez reported being under small arms fire from a pirate attack and minutes later she reported pirates on board.

After notification of the attack, attempts were made to make contact with the MV Suez to no avail. MV Suez was traveling in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) when attacked. Immediately after the first report a helicopter was directed to the ship but pirates had already taken over the command of the vessel.

The MV Suez, with a crew of 23 (Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Indian nationalities), is a Panama flagged merchant vessel and was carrying a cargo of cement bags. EU NAVFOR is monitoring the situation.

According to the Equasis data base, MV Suez in managed by Egypt's Red Sea Navigation. On September 2, 2008, another Red Sea Navigation vessel, MV Al Mansourah was attacked and captured 13 miles off the Yemeni coast. That ship was released September 27 , 2008 after payment of a ransom of undisclosed amount.


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