22 October 2009

Incident: Al Khaliq taken

The bulk carrier Al Khaliq is taken by hijackers with 26 crew aboard after a chase by six pirates on two skiffs. The pirates were armed with rifles and rocket propelled grenades which they fired at their target. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 11/11/09)

Al Khaliq is 179 m long and registered in Panama. (vesseltracker.com)

The ship is Indian owned and was en route from Novorossiysk, Russia to Mombasa, Kenya. (Wikipedia, "List of ships attacked by Somali pirates," 12/31/09)