Pirates seized a bulk cargo carrier with 24 Chinese crew members and damaged a container ship owned by Evergreen Marine’s Italia Marittima in separate incidents Thursday in the Arabian Sea.
Chinese state media reported the bulk carrier Full City was hijacked by seven pirates about 450 nautical miles off the coast of the Indian city of Mumbai. Two Chinese naval ships on anti-piracy patrol about 750 miles away in the Gulf of Aden were sent to rescue the ship, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Separately, the container ship Ital Glamour, en route from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia, was damaged by rocket-propelled grenades in an attack by six pirates. The ship’s crew used fire hoses to chase away the pirates. No injuries were reported to ship’s 22 crew members.
“The people, ship and cargo are safe, and that’s what is important to us,” said Barbara Yeninas, an Evergreen spokeswoman.
The Ital Glamour, built in 1987, has capacity of 3,420 twenty-foot-equivalent units. The ship is operated by Italia, a unit of Taiwan-based Evergreen.