The FINANCIAL — Somali pirates on October 23 seized a Singapore-flagged commercial ship MV York with two Ukrainians aboard near Mombassa, Kenya, reads a statement mad by the European Union Naval Operation Against Piracy, EU Navfor Atalanta.
The vessel was heading from Mombassa to the Seychelles.
The pirates attacked the ship on two boats 50 miles east of Mombassa.
A Turkish warship Gaziantep, on service in frames of the united naval force operation (Target Group 151), sent a helicopter to study the situation.
The helicopter crew observed armed pirates on board of the ship.
According to the statement, MV York first was adrift but on the October 24 morning started moving at the speed of 10 knots.
The ship crew is comprised of 17 members, including a German navigation officer, two Ukrainians and 14 Filipinos.
Somali pirates have commandeered 19 vessels with 428 hostages so far, MV York among them.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, off the Somalia coast pirates persistently capture ships, including those carrying Ukrainian sailors on the crew.