MV Iceberg 1
|Name:||MV Iceberg 1|
|Identification:||7429102 (IMO number)|
|Status:||In custody of authorities of Puntland|
|Type:||Cargo ship, roll-on/roll-off|
The MV Iceberg 1 is a Panama-flagged roll-on/roll-off cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates on March 29, 2010. It was the longest-held hijacked ship until the Puntland Maritime forces released it and 22 crew members on 23 December 2012.
Hijacking and release
The MV Iceberg 1 was hijacked on March 29, 2010 about 10 nautical miles off the port of Aden, Yemen, outside the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). It was carrying a mixed cargo of general mechanical equipment owned by a major multinational company (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/9507047/Abandoned-at-sea-the-forgotten-hostages-of-the-Somali-pirates.html)who were heavily insured and was bound for Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates.
The vessel was originally carrying 24 crew members consisting of nationals from Yemen, India, Ghana, Sudan, Pakistan and the Philippines. One of the crew members, Wagdi Akram, committed suicide on October 27, 2010 by jumping overboard. However, the Azal Shipping company have told Wagdi Akram's family that reports of being beaten and starved to death could be a legit reason account towards his death. Other crew members are suffering from mental problems. Unconfirmed reports also claim that the ship's chief engineer has been killed, allegedly by pirates, in March or June of 2011.
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