08 July 2009

Incident: Horizon I taken

The Horizon I is taken in the Gulf of Aden with 23 Turkish crew aboard. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 7/8/09)

The 176m vessel is registered in Turkey. (vesseltracker.com)

It was carrying sulfur from Saudi Arabia to Jordan and was taken by five armed men.
The ship was brought first to the Somali port Hordio along with her 23-member crew including a female third officer. On July 10, the Horizon-1 left Hordio and sailed to the so-called pirate haven of Eyl in 60 nmi (110 km; 69 mi) distance southwards, cruising at low speed for unknown reason.
The ship had previously witnessed the capture of the Titan but itself escaped capture after the arrival of warships. (Wikipedia, "List of ships attacked by Somali pirates," 12/31/09)