Mysterious attack on boxship City of Xiamen. What happened to the ship?

April 29, 2013 at 10:00 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

As it came up today Apr 29, pirates hijacked 5 crew from the boxship City of Xiamen, including one Russian and Polish nationalities. Operator Maersk Line didn’t comment the news, but the hijack was confirmed by the owner, SUNSHIP SCHIFFAHRTSKONTOR KG.

The accident remains a mystery. Was there any cargo stealing, or wasn’t? That’s very important. The whole accident is unclear – vessel was controlled by pirates for about 24 hours, unnecessarily much time for taking hostages. What were pirates doing on board of the vessel? Why did the vessel, after pirates left, sail to Malabo, not to initial port of destination Onne, which was accidentally, much closer? At 09:30 UTC Apr 29 vessel was still on the Malabo Road, but then the AIS signal disappeared, second time since vessel’s arrival on Malabo Road. What happened to the vessel, and what is going on? See map with hijack track and read full story: http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/356/Mysterious-attack-on-boxship-City-of-Xiamen-What-happened-to-the-ship

  Mysterious attack on boxship City of Xiamen. What happened to the ship?

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