MV Golden Nori
MV Golden Nori comes alongside USS Whidbey Island for refueling following its release from Somalia-based pirates
|Operator:||Dorval Kaiun Shipping|
|Builder:||Fukuoka Shipbuilding, Japan|
|Identification:||IMO number: 9151137|
|Class and type:||chemical tanker|
|Tonnage:||11,676 tonnes deadweight (DWT)|
|Length:||117 m (LOA)|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h)|
|Capacity:||20 cargo tanks accommodating 78,884 barrels total|
The MV Golden Nori is a Japanese chemical tanker that was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia on 28 October 2007. In news reports, she has at times been mistakenly referred to as the Golden Nory and Golden Mori. At the time of the hijacking the 23 person crew was composed of citizens of South Korea, the Phillippines, and Myanmar. One of the South Korean crew members successfully escaped soon after being taken hostage. 
Golden Nori, which operates under a Panamanian flag, was reportedly seized by Somali pirates eight nautical miles off the coast of the East African nation. A radio distress call sent by the crew late on October 28 was received by the USS Porter. The United States Navy responded, sinking the pirates' skiffs. A few days later Capt. Restituto Bulilan was allowed to phone his family and the ship's owners to indicate that the crew was safe. 
There are believed to be around five well-organized pirate groups operating in Somali waters. Maritime agencies continue to caution ships to avoid Somali waters or travel with escorts.
US and German naval vessels shadowed the captured vessel and blockaded from entering the port of Bosaso. Eventually, after demanding a ransom, the pirates freed the ship and its crew of 21 on December 12.
- Dorval Shipping, Inc.
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