Chemical Tanker Hijacked In IRTC

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Sep 082010

imageEunavfor says that early on the morning of 8 September, the oil and chemical tanker Olib G, flagged Malta, was pirated in the east part of the Gulf of Aden.

After a report from a merchant vessel that a skiff was approaching Olib G, and after several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the vessel, the USS Princeton of Task Force 151 launched its helicopter. The helicopter was able to identify two pirates on board Olib G.

The Olib G was sailing West in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor through the Gulf of Aden with a cargo of ballast. The Olib G, deadweight 6,375 tons, has a crew of 18, among which are fifteen Georgian and three Turkish. It is owned by Frio Maritime of Athens.

The Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) is an area in which EU NAVFOR (Task Force 465), NATO (Task Force 508) and Combined Maritime Force (Task Force 151) coordinate the patrol of maritime transits.