The Capesize bulk carrier Baltimore was hijacked by group of armed pirates in South China sea on 20 nautical miles west off Pulau Jemaja island. The vessel was en route from Port Cartier, Canada to Lanshan, China, but during the during the afternoon was attacked by seven armed men with fast boat. The pirates succeeded to board the Capesize bulk carrier and took control. The ship’s crew was ransacked, as pirates stole money, valuables and machinery parts. None of the crew was injured seriously during the attack. After robbery, the pirates abandoned the bulk carrier Baltimore into their fast boat and headed in northen direction.
The crew of bulk carrier Baltimore reported about the accident to the local authorities. After getting witness evidences, the coast guard released the bulker to resume the voyage to Lanshan, China. Fortunately none of the crew on board of the hijacked bulker were injured seriously and will be able to continue their contracts.
The Capesize bulk carrier Baltimore (IMO: 9331464) has overall length of 289.00 m, moulded beam of 45.00 m and maximum draft of 14.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 177,243 DWt and the gross tonnage is 89,523 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2005 by Namura Shipbuilding in Japan. The owner and operator of the vessel is Greek company Diana Shipping.