Polar: Tsakiris tanker hijacked off Socotra
MV POLAR was attacked during the the morning of 30 October 2010, approximately 580 nautical miles (almost 1,100 km) East from Socotra island in the Somali Basin. The owner confirmed this morning
Paradise Navigation S.A. is a Panamanian registered company, established in Greece under law 89
Constantinos Tsakiris is the Chairmman and Managing Director of Paradise Navigation SA, a shipping management company established in Greece and founded back in 1968, as Navipower Compania Naviera SA, by the Tsakiris family, a traditional Greek ship-owning and operating family.
Ship Name: POLAR
Paradise Navigation SA, Managers of the “MT Polar”, regret to confirm that at 01:40 UTC on 30 October, about 600 NM east of Socotra island, off Somalia, their vessel came under attack by 2 skiffs and that armed pirates boarded their vessel. There is no further information for the moment. Twenty four crew members are on board, comprising 3 Greek nationals, 3 Montenegrin, 1 Serbian, 1 Romanian and 16 Filipinos.
At the time of the attack the Panama flag oil products tanker “Polar” with dwt 72,825, was en route from St. Petersburg and Kronshtadt to Singapore with a cargo of fuel oil. All the appropriate authorities have been contacted immediately and made aware of the situation, including the Flag State, the counter piracy coordination force EU NAVFOR and the crew manning agencies of the seafarers involved.
The whole focus of Paradise Navigation is to ensure the safety, well being and early release of the seafarers on board the tanker, while keeping their families -and the crew manning agents- fully advised of the situation and any developments, understanding fully the great concern they must have at this time for their loved ones.
Paradise Navigation receives the support of all the necessary advisors in dealing with this hijack and will not be providing any operational details that might endanger the lives of its crew, nor encourage further criminal attacks of this kind. The company asks that commentators on this event accept and understand this position.