MV Al Marjan

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MV al Marjan
Name: al Marjan
Owner: Shamir Marine, UAE
Operator: Biyat International
Port of registry: Comoros
Route: Dubai to Mogadishu
Builder: Robb Henry
Launched: 1967
Out of service: 2010
Fate: caught fire in Magadishu, 27 January 2010
Notes:IMO number6717344
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2850 dwt
Crew: 22

MV al-Marjan was a cargo vessel active in the Horn of Africa. It was involved in relief efforts, and delivered food commodities from Dar es Salaam to Kismayu and Merca in March 2007.

Capture by Pirates[edit]

The ship was hijacked by Somali pirates while on its way to Mogadishu from Dubai, 17 October 2007.[1] It was released 2 December 2007 off the coast of Somalia, where it received assistance from the USS Whidbey Island.


The vessel caught fire and burned in the port of Mogadishu, while smuggling charcoal from Somalia to Oman.[2]


  1. ^ "Somali pirates hijack Japanese ship". Xinhua. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Charcoal Smuggling Ship Burns Out In Mogadishu". Maritime Bulletin. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.