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Warships escorting ‘MV Abdullah’ towards Dubai

Desk Report || risingbd.com

Published: 09:03, 16 April 2024  
Warships escorting ‘MV Abdullah’ towards Dubai

The Bangladesh-flagged vessel MV Abdullah, which was released by Somali pirates after 32 days of captivity, is still in risk prone area. So, the security measures have been strengthened in the ship as per international rules.

The ship and its 23 sailors are currently en route to Al Hamriyah Port in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Two warships of the European Union (EU) are escorting MV Abdullah.

In an updated report of KSRM on Monday (April 15) said the vessel will reach Al Hamriya, Dubai on April 22.

As part of security measures, barbed wire fencing has been installed in the ship. Besides, fire hose and other security steps were taken.

Earlier, on March 12 at 1:30 pm Bangladesh time, a gang of Somali pirates boarded and took control of the MV Abdullah while it was en route from the port of Maputo, Mozambique, to the United Arab Emirates. The ship was carrying 55,000 tons of coal. All 23 crew members on board are Bangladeshis. The ship is owned by SR Shipping Limited, an affiliate of Chattogram-based Kabir Group. The pirates then took the ship to the coast of Somalia.

SR Shipping is one of the largest shipping companies in the country. They operate ocean-going merchant ships. The bulk carrier MV Abdullah, with a deadweight tonnage (DWT) of 45,653 tons, has an overall length (LOA) of 185.74 metres and a width of 30.4 metres.

S B/Nasim