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Dhaka Tribune

Sailors fear food aboard MV Abdullah may run out soon

  • 30 pirates eating and drinking with hostages
  • 10-15 days food and water remain
Update : 16 Mar 2024, 04:56 PM

The Bangladeshi sailors aboard the pirate-captured ship MV Abdullah fear that the food stock will soon run out soon as the pirates started taking foods from the hostages.

This information was revealed in an audio message sent by Atiq Ullah Khan, chief officer of the MV Abdullah, on Thursday.

He said: “Pirates are eating and drinking with us. They are using our water. With the remaining food, we estimate it will last us 10-15 days. Beyond that, we anticipate significant difficulties once our food reserves are depleted. The situation will become dire once our water runs out.”

Earlier in another audio message sent to the ship's officials, he said that the sailors had 20-25 days of food stock on the day of the hostage-taking. The water was like 200 tons. However, they now have about 30 pirates dining with them every day.

On Friday, the vessel MV Abdullah shifted position and moved about 40 nautical miles from the earlier anchorage. Believed to have anchored in the pirates-controlled area.

MV Abdullah, transporting coal with its 23 crew members, was en route from Mozambique to the UAE when pirates in the Indian Ocean seized it on Tuesday.

Previously, on December 5, 2010, the MV Jahan Moni, owned by the same company, was seized by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. Twenty-six individuals on board were held captive for 100 days.


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