The Al Nisr Al Saudi, an oil tanker from Saudi Arabia, has been hijacked by the Somali pirates, said theEuropean Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) on Wednesday. Spokesman of the NAVFOR said the vessel was empty, but had 14 crew members onboard when it was seized in the Gulf of Aden on Monday.
He also declared that the 5,136-ton vessel was not registered with the maritime authorities and was ferrying on the route not patrolled by naval warships. It has been reported that the tanker, with one Greek captain and 13 Sri Lankan crew, was on its way from Japan to Jeddah.
Meanwhile, pirates have claimed to have hijacked another fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean. No further information was available regarding the claim. In recent months, there has been a substantial increased in pirate attacks on vessels. Official record accounts for six ships and 132 sailors held captive by the pirates.