Singapore-registered vessel seized by suspected pirates off coast of Kenya

14:14, October 24, 2010      

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A Singapore-registered vessel was boarded by suspected pirates off the coast of Kenya, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Sunday.

The MPA said in a statement that it received a report that a Singapore-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas vessel, YORK, was boarded by suspected pirates at approximately 90 nautical miles ( 166.68 kms) from Mombasa, Kenya. A distress alert was received at about 8:25 p.m. Singapore time on Oct. 23, while at position 4 degrees 11 minutes south latitude and 41 degrees 19 minutes east longitude.

At that time of the incident, the vessel was reported to be on her way from Mombasa, Kenya to Mahe, Seychelles. There are 17 crew on board the vessel.

The MPA said it is working with relevant government agencies and the ship owner, York Maritime Company Pte Ltd.

Source: Xinhua


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