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Korean Chemical Tanker Hijacked off Oman

5:20 AM MST | January 17, 2011 | Alex Scott

An 11,000-m.t. dwt tanker carrying an undisclosed cargo of chemicals was captured on January 15 by Somali pirates, reports say. The Korean-owned Samho Jewelry was about 350 nautical miles southeast of Muscat, Oman when it was hijacked. The vessel was en route to Sri Lanka from the United Arab Emirates. Unconfirmed reports this morning say that a South Korean navy warship, the Choi Young, which had been patrolling the region around the Horn of Africa, is in pursuit of the pirates. The Samho Jewelry’s 21 crew, who are now being held hostage, have been...

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