Somali Pirates Hijack Bulk Carrier

Somali Pirates Hijack Bulk Carrier

Somali pirates hijacked a bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean after firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the ship, the European Union naval force reported.

The 27,915-deadweight-ton Orna was seized in the Indian Ocean around 400 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles archipelago, according to a statement from the EU’s anti-piracy mission.

"The attack was launched from two attack skiffs, with pirates firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the merchant vessel," the EU Navfor mission said in a statement.

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At least four pirates boarded the ship after stopping it, the statement said. The crew was reported to be cooperating with the assailants and no damage was reported.

The Panamanian-flagged ship has owners in the United Arab Emirates. The size of the ship’s crew was not reported.

The European Union said recently that pirates operating off Somalia were holding more than 500 hostages following hijackings in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Pirate gangs have demanded large ransoms before releasing their hostages.

-- Contact Joseph Bonney at jbonney@joc.com.