March 5, 2010 / 6:51 PM / 9 years ago

Pirates hijack tanker, head to Somalia, owner says

OSLO (Reuters) - Pirates have hijacked a Marshall Islands-registered tanker off Madagascar and are heading toward Somali waters, the ship’s Norwegian owners said Friday.

The UBT Ocean, with a crew of 21, was carrying fuel oil from the United Arab Emirates to Tanzania, Svenn Pedersen, chief executive of shipowners Brovigtank, told Reuters. He said contact was lost with the vessel at about 0530 GMT Friday.

“It’s a relatively small ship of about 9,000 dead weight tonnes and about 120 meters long.”

Pedersen declined to specify the nationalities of the all-Asian crew.

Editing by Andrew Dobbie

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