Pirates: One out, One In With A Motivator

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Dec 302010

Ems River

In what appears to be the fashionable ‘take-one-give-one’ cycle Somali pirates hijacked the general cargo ship Ems River the day before releasing the chemical product tanker Marida Marguerite.

In the early hours of 27 December, the Ems River was pirated approximately 175 nautical miles North East of the port of Salalah, Oman.

The 5,200 tonne general cargo ship, which is Antigua/Barbuda flagged and German owned, was on her way to San Nicolas, Greece from Jebel Ali in the UAE at the time of the attack. She has a crew of eight, one Romanian, seven Filipinos, and is carrying a cargo of petroleum coke. The pirated vessel MT MOTIVATOR was in the vicinity of Ems River throughout the attack which further enforces the current pirate modus operandi of the use of motherships.


Marida Marguerite

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Red Sea Hijack

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Jul 052010

image In the early hours of 4 July, the MT Motivator reported it was under small arms fire from a pirate attack in the northern Bab Al Mandeb area in the southern Red Sea. After notification of this attack, attempts were made to make contact with the Motivator but to no avail. The hijack was confirmed early on 5 July.

The MT Motivator, deadweight 13,065 tonnes with a crew of 18 Filipino nationals on board, is a Marshall Islands Flagged chemical products tanker loaded with lubricants oil. EU NAVFOR is monitoring the situation.