Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau says the ship, Mt Stolt Valor was seized on Monday, Sep 15 making it the 12th vessel to be hijacked in the pirate-infested waterway since July 20. He says the Hong Kong tanker, en route to Asia, was sailing in a maritime security corridor in the gulf patrolled by an international coalition of warships and aircraft when it was attacked. Choong says all ships are urged to maintain a strict watch, even in the security corridor.
"The incident took place at 1016 GMT Monday, Sep 15. There were 18 Indians, two Filipinos, a Bangladeshi and a Russian national on board the vessel when it was hijacked. The ship was on its way to Mumbai," Andrew Mwangura, East Africa Coordinator of Seafarers Assistance Program (SAP) said.