The NSA follows the situation around the hijacked ship closely

The Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA) is working closely with the Norwegian government and Salhus Shipping on the situation around the hijacked tanker the Bow Asir.

Representatives from the NSA will travel to the Philippines on Sunday to meet with representatives of the Pilipino crew. There has not been any contact with the ship since Thursday.

No demand of a ransom has been raised. Norwegian Shipowners Association Somali pirates hijack 2 tankers in 24 hours Pirates armed with machine guns hijacked a Norwegian chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia on Thursday, less than 24 hours after a smaller Greek-owned vessel was seized in the same area.

The U.S. 5th Fleet, which patrols the pirate-filled Gulf of Aden, confirmed both hijackings and said they took place in the same area but not in the gulf’s sea lanes, one of the world’s busiest and now most treacherous shipping zones.

The 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned Bow Asir was seized 400 kilometers, or 250 miles, off the Somali coast on Thursday morning, and the 9,000-ton Greek-owned Nipayia, with 19 crew members, was seized 720 kilometers off Somalia on Wednesday afternoon, the European Union’s military spokesman said. Both vessels are chemical tankers but their cargoes were not immediately made public.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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