QSM Dubai: hijacked in view of USS Cole

Panama flagged QSM Dubai, 15,220 DWT, inbound from Brazil was hijacked in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor.

QSM DUBAI IMO: 7610062
ex Empros,Tania (7/2006)

Qawareb Ship Management LLC, hereafter referred to as QSM, is a private company that was registered in Dubai, Qawareb Ship Management LLC Part of Lebanese Shipping Group established in 1902. Khaled Jamil General Manager Qawareb Ship Management LLC United Arab Emirates
A renowned and profitable freight management company, Qawareb Ship Management LLC is a prominent logistics and freight forwarding organization specializing in serving an international range of diverse clients with a need in the logistics industry. Operating in the industry since its inception 17 years ago, the Company is an independent, family-owned business from Lebanon. Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Qawareb Ship Management LLC owns and manages four, 65,000 ton bulk carriers and large general cargo ships. Providing logistic services and travel to Qatar, the Company is also under contract to international clients in South America, Africa and Europe, and provides its customers the opportunity to manage and transport their products, equipment and freight in a timely and cost efficient manner. At the current time, the Company completes all logistical management activities and functions successfully by applying the extensive skills and talents of about 55 dedicated professionals who devote their full time to Qawareb Ship Management LLC. Reputable and well-established in the marketplace, the Company experiences an annual turnover in excess of AED 6 million. Providing executive leadership and guidance and support, Mr. Jamil serves in the position of General Manager of Qawareb Ship Management LLC. A third generation professional in the freight forwarding industry, he is credited with establishing and developing the Company into what it is today - profitable and respected across industries. Furnishing the vision and motivation behind the Company's success, Mr. Jamil is an experienced business development leader with a proven track record of taking advantage of all new opportunities and pushing the envelope. Capitalizing upon more than two decades of extensive practical experience, qualifications and an astute grasp of the industry, he manages day-to-day operations and administration of all corporate resources, processes and procedural protocols.

In the early hours of 2 June it was reported by the owner of the MV QSM Dubai that a group of armed pirates had boarded the ship and taken control. USS COLE from CTF 508 (NATO) first reported that they had seen a person with an RPG on board. A coalition Maritime Patrol Aircraft was tasked to investigate the situation and reported that the ship was hijacked.

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