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Marzooqah was not hijacked but arrested
The "Marzooqah" wasn’t hijacked by Somalia pirates in Red Sea, instead the vessel was boarded by Eritrean forces under unknown circumstances in the Red Sea while the vessel that was in their territorial waters. The crew initially reported as a pirate attack. It was not immediately clear why the forces boarded the ship and why it was not possible to contact authorities in Eritrea. Lieutenant Commander Jacqueline Sherriff, spokeswoman for the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) said the vessel was thought by them now to in the hands of the Eritrean forces. The reason for the vessel's arrest was not yet clear.
ro-ro Marzooqah hijacked?
Andrew Mwangura, Kenya, reported the hijack of ro-ro Marzooqah, belonging to Saudi Arabian owner. Vessel issued distress signal in the evening Jan 18 14, vessel reportedly is sailing south now, towards Somalia coast – to Indian ocean? Last known position morning Jan 18, in 15 58N 039 26E, presumably after leaving Berbera. What vessel was hijacked, then, in Indian ocean off Oman coast, also on Jan 18? If that’s the case and Marzooqah was hijacked, it certainly looks like some kind of misunderstanding from pirates part. Vessel obviously, doesn’t have armed guards on board, most probably being protected by some agreement between Saudi Arabian owners and strong hand in Somalia. Read full story Maritime Bulletin http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/1147/ro-ro-Marzooqah-hijackedNews schreiben