Pirates hijack Panama-registered cargo ship with 24 Chinese

Last Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 19:04

Beijing: A Panama-registered cargo ship
with 24 Chinese sailors on board was hijacked by seven pirates
on Thursday in the Arabian Sea, prompting China to launch an anti
piracy operation to rescue the vessel, an official has said.

Pirates attacked the vessel, "Full City," some 450
nautical miles off the coast of Mumbai and 750 nautical miles
east of the area, where the Chinese Navy convoy fleet was
assembled, an official of the China Sea Rescue Center said.

Two Chinese navy vessels patrolling the Gulf of Aden
were sent to rescue the ship, official Xinhua news agency
reported.

The centre has started a contingent plan and reported
the incident to international authorities including the
International Maritime Bureau.

China`s Ministry of Transport has reminded Chinese
shipping companies to guard against pirates and improve their
self-aid capabilities.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 19:04

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