Chinese navy rescues bulker from Somali pirate attack

A Chinese navy ship rescued a Tuvalu-flagged bulk carrier in a joint operation with the Indian navy on Sunday.

The ship OS35, which is owned by Oldstone Cargo, was sailing from Kelang in Malaysia to the port city of Aden in Yemen when it came under attack from Somali pirates on Saturday night.

After receiving a distress call, the India navy established contact with the captain of the ship, who had locked himself in the ship’s strong room with the crew.

With the Indian Naval helicopter providing air cover, a 16-member squad from nearby Chinese warship Yulin boarded the ship, and rescued all 19 crew members. The Chinese squad carried out a full search of the ship and ascertained the pirates had escaped after their hijack attempt failed due to timely rescue operations.

The OS35 has become the fifth ship to be attacked in the past three weeks. Last week, a Pakistani vessel, Salama 1, was attacked and captured by pirates off the Horn of Africa, just one day after an Indian ship was also hijacked.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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