Pirates capture Greek cargo ship

November 5, 2009 12:00 am

, ATHENS, Nov 5 – Pirates seized a Greek cargo ship with its Ukrainian and Philippine crew off the east African country of Tanzania Thursday, Greek port police said.

The Delvina, which had a cargo of wheat, was heading for Mombasa, Kenya from the Mediterranean when it was captured 280 nautical miles east of the Tanzanian coast.

Police had no contact with the ship after the crew sent out an alert.

The ship has Greek owners and flies a Marshall Islands flag.

Another Panamanian-flagged Greek ship, Theophoros I, was attacked early Thursday in the Gulf of Aden but the crew chased the attackers away using water cannon.

The Theophoros I continued its route to Hong Kong escorted by two warships of the anti-piracy international force in the area.

A Turkish military official said later the Turkish warship TGC Gediz averted the attack against the Greek ship south of Yemen.

An army statement said five pirates on a type of ship usually used in such attacks were trying to attack the Theophoros which belongs to Greek company Good Faith. But the attack in which the Turks seized weapons including a rocket launcher was stopped.

The incident happened 125 kilometres (about 80 miles) off the coast.


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