Savina Caylyn

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Savina Caylyn
Owner: Fratelli D'Amato
Identification: IMO number: 9489285
General characteristics
Type: Oil Tanker
Length: 266 m (873 ft)
Beam: 46 m (151 ft)

Savina Caylyn is an oil tanker of the Italian shipping line Fratelli D'Amato. On 8 February 2011, she was hijacked by Somali pirates some 500 miles (800 km) off the Indian Coast and some 880 miles (1,420 km) off the Somali Coast. The 17 Indian and 5 Italian crew members of the Italy-registered vessel are reported to be unharmed, but taken hostage.[1]

The 266-metre-long (873 ft) Savina Caylyn was on the way to Malaysia from Sudan, and had evaded capture by pirates several times before. It was reported that the inability of the vessel to keep up higher speeds had eventually allowed the heavily armed pirates to overtake her. Small arms and at least 4 rocket propelled grenades were reportedly fired during the attack.[1][2][3]

As of 16 February 2011, a news embargo has apparently been placed over potential military operations that might recover the tanker, and which are reported to involve the frigate Zeffiro and the patrol vessel Fulgosi of the European Union task force in the area, led to Savina Caylyn by satellite observations.[4]

On 21 December 2011 the ship was released after long negotiations and the 17 Indian and 5 Italian crew members returned to their home countries. It has been reported that a ransom was paid for the release of the ship and crew members.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Indischer Ozean: Piraten kapern italienischen Tanker". Panorama. Der Spiegel (in German). Reuters. 8 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Italian Oil Tanker Pirated in the Indian Ocean" (Press release). European Union Naval Force Somalia. 8 February 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ Tiwary, Deeptiman (10 February 2011). "Hijacked Italian tanker had evaded pirates thrice". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. 
  4. ^ "No news about the Italian petrol tanker attacked by pirates". Avionews. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "MV Savina Caylyn Released by Somali Pirates". Piracy Report. Somalia Report. 21 December 2011.