Oil tanker with 21 Indians hijacked off Oman coast

An oil tanker with 21 Indian crew members on board was hijacked on Saturday off the coast of Oman, Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) said here.

Updated: Aug 20, 2011, 18:36 PM IST

Mumbai: An oil tanker with 21 Indian crew
members on board was hijacked on Saturday off the coast of Oman,
Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) said here.

The DGS did not say who were the hijackers.

The vessel MV Fairchem Bogey was hijacked while it was at
the Salalah anchorage, a statement issued here by the DGS
said.

Though the Marshall Island-flagged vessel usually carries
oil or chemicals, the DGS did not offer any detail about the
cargo.

The statement said the vessel was managed by
Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (I), Mumbai and the Directorate
had informed the Indian Navy, the British Maritime
Organisation and other concerned agencies.

In the past one year, the Gulf of Aden, which is close to
the port of Salalah, has been witnessing repeated hijacking
of ships by Somali pirates.

PTI