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MV JUBBA XX Tanker is Hijacked by Somali Pirates in UAE

By MarEx 2012-11-19 14:52:00

On the morning of July 16, owners of the MV JUBBA XX oil tanker reported that they had been pirated in the northern part of the Indian Ocean while travelling from a United Arab Emirates port to the Berbera port in Somalia.

The JUBBA XX was located by a Maritime Patrol aircraft on the 17th, and was located 100 nautical miles northwest of Socotra Island heading to the coast of Somalia, according to EUNAVFOR reports. 

The UAE-flagged and owned MV JUBBA XX has a deadweight of 4231 tonnes, with a crew of 16 including, 1 Sri Lankan, 5 Indian,  3 Bangladesh, 1 Sudanese, 1 Myanmar, 1 Kenyan and 4 Somali. 

MV JUBBA XX

There is no information regarding the state of the crew, the ship, or the incident.  It has been reported by EUNAVFOR that 9 Somali pirates are on board the MV JUBBA XX. 

The MV JUBBA XX was not registered with the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa, which offers 24-hour tracking of vessels voyaging through frequently pirated areas.  EUNAVFOR, however, continues to monitor the hijacking. 

According to the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre, Somali pirates are holding 20 vessels and 420 crew members as of June 30.