26 March 2009

Incident: Nipaya taken

The Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned Nipayia is taken with 19 merchant mariners 490 nautical miles east of Mogadishu. (Naval News Service NNS090327-14, 3/27/09)

The MV is 9,000 tons capacity (SKY News), 112 m long (Vessel Tracker) chemical tanker. "A Nairobi-based diplomat said the Nipayia had 18 Filipinos on board and a Russian captain. He said the ship is managed by Athens-based Lotus Shipping..." (AP, 03/26/09)

(Wiki News gives this incident as occurring on the 27th. The ONI and IMB give it as the 25th.)