Bournemouth, U.K., based Neptune Maritime Security says it has "received information via credible channels that the vessel, MV FREE GODDESS (IMO 9107045), has been successfully hijacked by Somali pirates."
FREE GODDESS is shown on the fleet list of Athens headquartered, NASDAQ listed Free Seas, Inc.(NASD:FREES) as a 1995-built, 22,051 dwt handy size bulker trading on the spot market.
Neptune Maritime says that according to the report it received, "the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier came under attack on Feb 7 in position 16.03N 062.26E (approximately 520nm NE of Socotra Island) at around 1500 UTC from an unknown number of pirates.
"Reports state that UKMTO received a call from the CSO of Free Goddess stating that he could not contact the vessel. The Free Goddess was en route from Adabiya, Egypt to Singapore, carrying 19,475 mt of steel cable with a crew of 21 Filipinos on board. The vessel is not responding to any calls. The last known positional data on the Free Goddess is that she has dramatically altered course and her last recorded position was 11.59N 056.09E at 090533ZFEB12, approximately 110nm south east of Socotra Island. According to CMF, the vessel is heading towards the Somali coast.
"We advise all vessels transiting the area to exercise extreme caution."
February 9, 2012