Red Sea Spirit hijack denied

The company that owns the cement carrier, Sekur Holdings Inc, told the Greek Economy and Merchant Marine Ministry that the vessel had not been hijacked.

The firm said that pirates had approached the Red Sea Spirit Nov. 16 but that the ship had escaped following a series of maneuvers.

Officials said that the ship was continuing its journey with all 22 Filipino sailors on board unhurt. The vessel is carrying a shipment of cement to Karachi.

SOMALI Pirates have captured MV Alkhaleed [8307155 AL KHALIQ Bulker 38305 1984 Panama] on the southern part of Indian Ocean near Tanzania. MV Alkhaleed was carrying Russian and Ukrainian wheat for Kitui Maize Millers and a host of small grain firms in Mombasa. more

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