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The tragedy of m/v Iceberg-1, Somalia

Dec. 13, 2012 at 13:03 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security


Puntland media published grim news on the attempt of Puntland forces to either free ill-fated m/v Iceberg-1, or prevent delivering ammunition for pirates on board, news are confusing at this point. At least three pirates were killed in a gunfire, together with two crew members who were on the bridge. Three pirates were captured. Vessel is anchored somewhere along the Garacad coast, central Somali region of Mugud. Ro-ro Iceberg-1 captivity is one of the most tragic stories in all of modern Somali piracy history. Ro-ro Iceberg I was pirated on March 29 2010 10 nm off Aden, with 24 crew, including 9 Yemen, 6 India, 4 Ghana, 2 Sudan, 2 Pakistan, 1 Philippine nationalities. Master of the vessel was reportedly executed by pirates in 2011, another crew committed suicide jumping overboard. Vessel was reported to be abandoned by the owner, later grounded and recognized as a total loss. As it seems now, vessel is still afloat with the crew still on board. If all news are true, then, the crew is down to 20 people now. Iceberg I IMO 7429102, dwt 3960, built 1976, flag Panama, owner Azal Shipping & Cargo Dubai. Maritime Bulletin http://www.odin.tc
 

The tragedy of m/v Iceberg-1, Somalia

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