02 January 2009

Incident: Sea Princess II taken

The Sea Princess II is hijacked and taken to Eyl. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 01/08/09)

This Yemeni cargo ship is taken while carrying 2000 tons of diesel underway to Socotra Island. Hijackers demand $2 million for release of the vessel. "Since the hijacking of the ship, the island has suffered a crisis caused by shortages of diesel as many institutions stopped operating." (Yemen Post, 01/16/09)

The ship, a product tanker, was taken by armed pirates in four boats with 15 crew aboard. (ICC/IMB Website)

Eight crew were aboard when captured. (Wikipedia, "List of ships attacked by Somali pirates," 12/31/09)