MV Irene SL

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Name: MV Irene SL
Owner: Greece First Navigational Special Maritime Enterprise, Greece[1]
Operator: Greece Enesel S. A., Greece[1]
Port of registry: GreecePiraeus, Greece
Route: Fujairah to United States
Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea
Completed: 2004
Status: Hijacked by Somali pirates in February 2011[2]
General characteristics
  • 161,175 GT
  • 319,247 DWT
Length: 330 m (1,082 ft 8 in)
Beam: 60 m (196 ft 10 in)
Draught: 21 m (68 ft 11 in)
Draft: 22.5 m (73 ft 10 in)[3]
Propulsion: Diesel engine, 29,348 kW
Speed: 15.7 knots (29.1 km/h; 18.1 mph)
Capacity: 353,328 m3
Crew: 25 (February 2011)[2]

M/T Irene SL is a Greek-owned and -operated VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) or supertanker.[3] It was pirated presumably by Somali pirates on February 9, 2011 approximately 350 miles Southeast of Muscat, Oman in the Arabian Sea.[2]

Built in 2004, the Irene SL has a gross tonnage of 161,175 GT with a displacement of 319,247 DWT. It is 330 metres (1,080 ft) long, has a beam of 60 metres (200 ft) and a draft of 22.5 metres (74 ft).[3] The vessel has a single deck and is double-hulled. Her sister ship is the 2005-built MV Argenta.

When captured the ship was en route from Fujairah to the United States loaded with 2 million barrels of crude oil with an estimated value of $200 million.[4] The ship was captured one day after the pirates took control of another tanker, the MV Savina Caylin. With the use of larger mother ships since the end of 2010, pirates have extended their operational capabilities.

Three other VLCCs that have been ransomed by pirates are the Sirius Star, the Maran Centaurus, and the Samho Dream.

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  1. ^ a b "Vessel Irene SL (24786)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Eunavfor (February 9, 2011). "MV Irene SL Pirated in the North Arabian Sea". Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Auke Visser. "Auke Visser's International Super Tanker". Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ (February 9, 2011). "Greek-flagged MV IRENE SL reported hijacked by pirates in the North Arabian Sea". Retrieved February 9, 2011. 

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