Ship was heading from Brazil with a cargo of soya for Iran when it was seized off the Horn of Africa
An Italian ship with a crew of
21 was attacked and seized by pirates in the Arabian Sea, the
vessel's operators said on Thursday.
"They are all well, we spoke half an hour ago with the
commander," said Carlo Miccio, an official at Perseveranza, the
Naples-based operators of the vessel, the "Rosalio D'Amato".
He said he did not know how many pirates were on board the
vessel, with 70,000 tonnes freight capacity, which was heading
from Brazil with a cargo of soya for Iran when it was seized off
the Horn of Africa.
Without citing its sources, Italian news agency ANSA said
the vessel was now heading to the coast of Somalia, the base for
pirates who have attacked ships in the Arabian Sea and Indian
Ocean in recent years.
In February, pirates seized an Italian oil tanker in the
Indian Ocean, some 800 miles off the coast of Somalia.