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Italian oil tanker was hijacked

February 08/2011

(Arabian Oil and Gas) -- A maritime security alert has been issued for the Indian Ocean following the hijack in the early hours of February 8 of an Italian-flagged oil tanker the MV Savina Caylyn, owned by Italian company Fratelli D'Amato Spa.

The vessel was seized around 670 nautical miles east of the Indian island of Socotra (closer to the Indian coast than the African coast) as it travelled from Bashayer, Sudan to Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.

Five suspected pirates are reported to have fired small arms and four rocket propelled grenades at the 104,225-tonne vessel in an attempt to intimidate the crew in advance of the boarding. According to the European Union's Anti-piracy task force there are reported to be 22 crew members on board, five Italian and 17 Indian. There is presently no communication with the vessel and no information regarding the condition.

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