Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Amver Participant Seized By Pirates

The maritime media are reporting an Amver participating box ship was seized by Somali pirates. According to a report from Maersk, the US Flagged Maersk Alabama, an Amver participant since 2004, was seized early April 8th approximately 500 km from the Somali coast. The vessel was sailing to Mombasa carrying 400 twenty foot containers of food aid for the World Food Program.

Lloyd's List reports there are currently 7 vessels and 122 seafarers being held by pirates.

Additional information, including a live piracy map, can be found at the International Maritime Bureau Live Piracy Map here.

We will keep readers posted on updates as we receive them.

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