VOC DAISY: Samartzis Geared Bulker hijacked

VOC Daisy IMO: 9154555
Geared Bulk Carrier - They have cranes, derricks or conveyors that allow them to load or discharge cargo in ports without shore-based equipment.
Ex: Golden Daisy (2000)
DWT: 47,183
LOA: 185.73
Built: 1998. Oshima Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Flag: Panama

On the morning of 21 April 2010, the Panamanian Flagged (Liberian owned) M/V VOC DAISY, a bulk carrier of 47,183 dead weight tonnes, was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden, 190 nautical miles East South East of Salalah, Oman.

At the time of the attack, the John Samartzis MV VOC DAISY, owned by Middleburg Properties Ltd, Liberia, beneficial and operated by J.P. Samartzis Maritime Enterprises Co SA (stated hereafter as JPS) incorporated as a private limited company in Panama., was heading west from Ruwais, U.A.E, making for the eastern rendezvous point of the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), for onward transit through the Suez Canal. She was 280 miles from the IRTC when she was hijacked.

MV VOC DAISY was registered with Maritime Security Centre Horn Of Africa (MSCHOA) and was able to raise the alarm before the four armed pirates, carrying three AK47s and one RPG, stormed on board and cut their lines of communication.

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