MV Powerful

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Name: MV Powerful
Owner: Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd., Greece[1]
Port of registry: Denmark
Builder: China[1]
Completed: 1994[1]
Acquired: April 13, 2005[1]
Identification:IMO number9042233
  • Hijacking attempt thwarted,
  • November 11, 2008
General characteristics
Type: Panamax dry bulk carrier[1]
Capacity: 70,000 DWT[1]

The MV Powerful is a Danish-flagged cargo ship owned by Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. of Greece. It was attacked with the intention of hijack by Somali pirates using assault rifles on November 11, 2008 in the Arabian Sea's Gulf of Aden in the Horn of Africa. Its capture was thwarted by the Royal Marines of the British frigate, HMS Cumberland, as well as the crew of the Russian Neustrashimy class frigate.[2]

The November 11 incident off Somalia's coast occurred 60 nautical miles (110 km) south of the Yemeni coast, in the Gulf of Aden. The engagement was attributed to Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa and was described by The Times as "the first time the Royal Navy had been engaged in a fatal shoot-out on the high seas in living memory."[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Allen, Joe (April 13, 2005). "Excel Maritime Takes Delivery of MV Powerful" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 6, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  2. ^ "Ship escapes pirate attack off Somalia, Russia says". November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  3. ^ Crilly, Rob; Evans, Michael (2008-11-12). "Royal Navy in firefight with Somali pirates". The Times. Retrieved 2008-11-14.