Bulk Carrier Abdullah – Maritime Security incidents 2

ABDULLAH – IMO: 9745598

In its last voyage, the bulk carrier Abdullah sailed fully laden with a cargo of coal from Maputo, Mozambique on March 04th, 2024. The ship departed from jetty 15 of Matola Coal Terminal and was bound for Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates, displaying the morning of March 19th, 2024, as the estimated time of arrival (ETA). 

The 2015-buflag andlah is a bulk carrier with a 32,714 GT capacity, registered under the Bangladesh flag and classified by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai. It is owned by SR Shipping Ltd, ISM managed and operated by Brave Royal Ship Management, both of Chattogram, Bangladesh. The West of England provides the vessel’s P&I cover.

On the morning of March 12th, 2024, at around 7:10 AM UTC, Somali pirates boarded the ship with 23 Bangladeshi crew members on board. The ship’s group owner Kabir Steel Re-Rolling Mills confirmed the hijacking.

The ship’s AIS data, mapped in Figure 1, suggests the hijacking occurred about 574 nautical miles from Mogadishu, Somalia, around 07:10 UTC. Later, at 11:25 UTC, the ship was moving towards Somalian coast and was finally anchored South of Eyl, known pirate hideout from where it is expected to be used as a mothership.  

Skytek is tracking the vessel’s movements by AIS where reliable and by employing suitable imaging satellites, and its proprietary ship detection algorithms.

Figure 1 – Bulk Carrier Abdullah, AIS track mapping and Sentinel 2 optical satellite imagery confirming the latest ship location on March 17th, 2024.

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