A Greek-owned ship has been hijacked by Somali pirates south-west of the Seychelles, a seafarers group says, BBC reported on May 2, 2009. 

The Ukrainian crew were believed unharmed in the night-time attack, about 250 nautical miles (463km) from the Indian Ocean islands.

It came hours after a Portuguese warship thwarted an attack on a Norwegian vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

The warship, part of a Nato patrol, destroyed explosives they discovered when they captured the pirates.

The Greek ship, MV Ariana, said to be carrying 35,000 tons of soya, was sailing from the Middle East to Brazil, said Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme.

It is owned by a Greek company and managed by Seven Seas Maritime in London.


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