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NEWS: MV York Mothership Ops In Indian Ocean

December 29, 2010 - 12:35:12 UTC

MV York Likely Conducting Mothership Operations In The Indian Ocean

At 0303 UTC 29 December, the pirate-held MV YORK, likely conducting mothership operations, was reported in position 0036N 05837E. The Singaporean-flagged tanker has been held by pirates since 24 October 2010.

MV YORK had left Mombasa on route to the Seychelles when she came under attack in the Somali Basin on 23 October by two skiffs, approximately 50NM East from Mombasa.
MV YORK, with a deadweight of 5,076 tons, has a crew of 17; one  German (Master), two are Ukrainians and 14 are Filipinos.

As recommended in the Best Management Practices, increasing speed and carrying out evasive manoeuvres is a proven deterrent to piracy attacks.
Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution when navigating within 100NM of the latest reported position of this vessel and maintain maximum CPA with any ship acting suspiciously.

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Any suspicious activity should be reported to UKMTO in Dubai in the first instance (
UKMTO@eim.ae or Telephone+971 50 552 3215).

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Submitted by: Glen Forbes