MV Stolt Strength

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Name: MV Stolt Strength
Owner: Sagana Shipping, Manila
Launched: 2005
Identification:IMO number9311024
Captured: November 10, 2008
Fate: released April 21, 2009
General characteristics
Type: Chemical tanker
Tonnage: 20,059 GRT
Capacity: 33,209 DWT
Crew: 23

The MV Stolt Strength is a Philippines-flagged ship, managed by a Panamanian company. It was hijacked by Somali pirates off the Gulf of Aden on November 10, 2008. The chemical tanker, carrying phosphoric acid and 21 Filipino crewmembers aboard, was attacked by armed men carrying automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.[1][2] Built in 2005 with a DWT Metric Tons capacity of 33,209,[3] the ship's owner, Sagana Shipping, of Manila, was awaiting word from the pirates regarding ransom.[4]

The hijacking of the MV Stolt Strength preceded the hijacking of at least two other ships in the same month, including the MV Sirius Star and the MV Delight.

The ship was released 21 April 2009, but it is unclear if any ransom was paid.[5] After its release, the ship ran out of fuel off the coast of Somalia,[6] but was later given 5 days of fuel by a ship of the U.S. Navy.[7]

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  1. ^ "Another Stolt tanker hijacked". November 12, 2008. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  2. ^ "Somali pirates hijack ship". November 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
  3. ^ "Fleet list by ownership as of July 31st, 2008". Retrieved 2008-11-19.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Stolt Strength owner awaits ransom call from pirates". November 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-19.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Somali pirates release ship after five months captivity". China View. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  6. ^ "Crew fears recapture by pirates". BBC. 23 April 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  7. ^ Powell, Anita (2009-04-25). "US Navy: Pirates seize German ship near Somalia". Associated Press. Yahoo News. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved April 25, 2009.