Kiribati-flag Theresa VIII IMO: 8105923 hijacked

On 16 November a North Korean-crewed, Kiribati-flag, UK-British Virgin Islands owned[ COSMOS Shipping, Ltd.](operated from Singapore [RAFFLES SHIPMANAGEMENT SERVICES PTE .LTD]) ex-Chembulk Clipper, ex-Globe Oceanic, single-hulled Chemical Tanker named the MV Theresa VIII was hijacked in the south Somali Basin, 180 nautical miles North West of the Seychelles. Theresa VIII has a deadweight of 22,294 tonnes and a crew of 28 North Koreans. The vessel, which was heading for Mombasa, has turned around and is now heading north.

Vessel's Details:
Ship Type: Tanker - Hazard C (Minor)
Year Built: 1981
Length x Breadth: 56 m X 25 m
DeadWeight: 22294 t
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 14.4 / 13 knots
Flag: Kiribati [KI]
Call Sign: T3RH
IMO: 8105923, MMSI: 529201000

The country's capital of Tarawa has historic sites and artefacts where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II took place.

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