Pirates hijack Singaporean tanker off Kenya

A Singapore-registered chemical tanker is reportedly heading towards Somalia.

Last Updated: May 01, 2011, 17:54 PM IST

Singapore: A Singapore-registered chemical tanker with 25 crew on board is thought to have been boarded by pirates and is heading towards Somalia, the vessel`s owner said on Sunday.

The MT Gemini `was believed to have been hijacked by pirates... on April 30 at 12.33pm Singapore time,` a press release by Singapore firm Glory Ship Management stated.

The vessel was carrying over 28,000 tonnes of crude palm oil from Indonesia to Kenya when it was boarded just off Kenyan waters, and is `heading towards Somalia`, the release added.

Glory said it last communicated with the crew - comprising 13 Indonesians, three Myanmar nationals, five Chinese and four South Koreans - early afternoon Singapore time on April 30 before contact was cut off.

No mention of a ransom was made in the press release, but the Singapore firm said it “will make every effort to secure their release”.

“The company is keeping the appropriate Singapore and international authorities fully informed of the situation,” the company said in the statement.

Bureau Report