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Suspected Somali Pirates Capture Greek Cargo Ship Off Tanzania

Thursday, suspected Somali pirates seized a Greek cargo ship with its 7 Ukrainian and 14 Philippine crew off the east African country of Tanzania, Greek port police and EU NAVFOR headquarters said.

The Marshall Islands flagged, 53,629 dwt bulk carrier MV DELVINA, loaded with wheat was heading for Mombasa, Kenya from the Mediterranean when it was captured 280 nautical miles east of the Tanzanian coast in East Africa, 300 nautical miles south-east of the Kenyan harbor city of Mombasa and 250 nautical miles north-west of Madgascar in the Indian Ocean.

Police had no contact with the ship after the crew sent out an alert. The maritime official said the Delvina was the third Greek vessel seized by the pirates this year.

Meanwhile, another Panamanian-flagged Greek ship, Theophoros I, was attacked the same day 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.

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