Oriya crew among 22 in German cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates
Balasore | Sunday, May 9 2010 IST
Family members of Sundhashu Pandey, one of the crew members of the German-owned cargo ship 'Marida Marguerite', have lost all peace of mind since the hijacking of the vessel by suspected Somali pirates last night. The ship, with 22 crew members, including Sundhansu, a resident of Jaleswar area in the district, left Kandla port on April 28 for Belgium when it was hijacked by the pirates from Nairobi in Africa last night.
Sudhansu's elder brother Shanti Bhushan said they got a message from Captain Nitin Dige about the hijacking last night.
''Since last night my mother has been praying for his safe return,'' he said. The crew members of the ship included 19 Indians, two Bangladeshis and a Ukranian.
The 13,000-tonne Marida Marguerite was sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands. In 2008 November cargo vessel MT Biscagila of a Singapore-based company Ishima was hijacked near Aden coast with one Himanshu Kar of this town as one of the crew members. He later arrived safely here after spending nearly 56 days in the captivity of pirates.
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