A vessel belonging to the Irano Hind Shipping company (IHSC) — which is under United Nations Security Council Sanction on Iran — has been hijacked by Somali pirates off the Gulf of Oman. It is learnt that negotiations are on to secure release of the crew which includes nine Indians.
The vessel, MV Sinin belongs to a joint venture between Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) and Islamic republic of Iran shipping line (IRISL). The SCI holds 49% stake in IHSC and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line holds 51%.
Government officials say the the vessel was hijacked on February 12 after the vessel had been refuelled at Fujairah in UAE.
While the names of all the crew members are not known, one sailor Thomas Pereira hails from Goa. Congress Rajya Sabha MP, Shantaram Naik, told HT, “I have been informed by the DG Shipping that the crew are safe. The company is negotiating with the hijackers. I was told that the crew have spoken to their families...”
The spokesperson of the SCI couldn’t be reached for comments.