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North Korean freighter disappears off Horn of Africa (seized by Somali pirates?)
AFP (via inquirer.net) ^ | 06/29/07

Posted on 06/30/2007 4:20:23 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Edited on 06/30/2007 4:33:29 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

North Korean freighter disappears off Horn of Africa

Agence France-Presse

Last updated 03:33pm (Mla time) 06/29/2007

NAIROBI -- A North Korean-flagged freighter has gone missing off the Horn of Africa coastline after last being spotted seven weeks ago, a Kenyan maritime official said Friday.

The MV Sea Prince was last seen loading cargo in Djibouti port in May, Andrew Mwangura, of the Kenyan branch of the Seafarers' Assistance Program, said.

"On May 11, it was spotted loading 2,400 tons of cereals in Djibouti port and was headed to the Somali ports of Berbera and Bosasso. Since then, it has gone missing and we have not heard any word from the captain or the owners," Mwangura told Agence France-Presse.

"Efforts to contact its managers in Ukraine have been unsuccessful," he added.

Mwangura said information on the missing freighter had been handed over to the US Navy patrolling the Horn of Africa, diplomatic missions in Nairobi and the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre.

Four vessels -- one from Taiwan, another from Denmark and two from South Korea -- are already currently in the hands of pirates off the coast of war-torn Somalia.

The International Maritime Bureau, based in Malaysia, has reported at least seven pirate attacks this year off Somalia's 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) of unpatrolled coastline.

Pirate attacks stopped in the second half of 2006 during six months of strict rule by Islamists, who were ousted by Ethiopian and Somali government troops at the end of the year.

Somalia, which lies in a strategic position at the mouth of the Red Sea, has been without an effective government since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre sparked a bloody power struggle.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; freighter; hornofafrica; korea; maritime; northkorea; pirate; somalia; tlr
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To: TigerLikesRooster

N Kor freighter owned or managed by Ukraine doing ordinary shipping neither to or from Ukraine or N Kor. Highly suspicious.


21 posted on 06/30/2007 8:09:36 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Jet Jaguar; monkapotamus; All

Did Looter guy steal it ROFL


22 posted on 06/30/2007 8:46:56 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: TigerLikesRooster; FARS; milford421; Calpernia; DAVEY CROCKETT; Founding Father

Bump and Ping.


23 posted on 06/30/2007 4:26:44 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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