Singapore says tanker seized by pirates off Kenya

Pirates seized a liquefied gas tanker 105 miles off the coast of Kenya in the Somali Basin, said officials in Singapore, where the ship is registered.

Singapore: Pirates seized a liquefied gas
tanker 105 miles (165 kilometres) off the coast of Kenya in
the Somali Basin, said officials in Singapore, where the ship
is registered.

The MV York was travelling from Mombasa to Mahe in the
Seychelles with 17 crew when pirates commandeered it late
yesterday, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority said in a
statement.

The authority said today it was working with the ship`s
owner, York Maritime Co, and government agencies to recover
the ship.

A Turkish warship launched a helicopter to investigate
the hijacking, and those in the copter saw pirates with
weapons on board the MV York, the European Union Naval Force
said Sunday in a statement.

The 5,076 ton MV York has one German, two Ukrainians and
14 Filipinos in the crew, the EU force said.

Somali pirates are currently holding 19 vessels with 428
hostages, according to the EU force.

PTI

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