06 April 2009

Incident: Malaspina Castle taken

The "1981-built, 21,173 dwt Malaspina Castle, controlled by Wimbledon-based Navalmar (UK)" is taken in the Gulf of Aden "en route from Novorossisyk to China." It is operated by an Italian company. (Lloyds List, 04/06/09)

The Panamanian flagged ship is crewed by 16 Bulgarians working for "an Italian firm, B Navy" and is held in "southern Somalia" according to accounts of a phone call made by the first mate.(Sophia Echo, 04/09/09)