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MV Abdullah to leave Dubai for Chittagong Sunday

  • Scheduled to reach Chittagong in the middle of May
  • Reached Al Harmiyah Port, Dubai on April 21
  • All 23 sailors of the ship are safe
Update : 27 Apr 2024, 10:31 PM

The Bangladeshi-flagged cargo vessel MV Abdullah, hijacked by Somali pirates, which was released after a long month, will leave Dubai for Chittagong port on Sunday with 23 sailors. 

The ship is scheduled to reach Chittagong port in the middle of May.

Mizanul Islam, Media Advisor of KSRM Group, the owner of the ship, confirmed the information on Saturday.

He said: “MV Abdullah ship is scheduled to leave for Chittagong on Sunday from the port of Dubai. All 23 sailors of the ship are safe.”

“Two of the ship's 23 sailors were due to fly home from Dubai. Later they also changed their decision and are returning to that ship,” he added.

On March 12, Somali pirates hijacked the MV Abdullah ship in the Indian Ocean. 

On April 13, 12:00am Somalia time and 3:00am Bangladesh time, MV Abdullah ship and 23 sailors were freed from Somali pirates. The ship then left for Dubai. The ship reached the outer anchorage of Al Harmiyah Port, Dubai, UAE at 4:30pm on April 21.

Some 55,000 metric tons of coal in the ship was discharged. Then new products are loaded from that port. MV Abdullah will leave for Chittagong port on Sunday with these products.

The vessel MV Abdullah is owned by SR Shipping of the KSRM Group. According to SR Shipping sources, the vessel MV Abdullah started its journey with coal from the port of Maputo in the African country of Mozambique on March 4. 

It was scheduled to arrive at Hamriyah port in the United Arab Emirates on March 19. Among them, the ship fell into the hands of Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean on March 12 at around 1:30pm. 

After about a month, 23 sailors along with the ship were released in exchange for ransom.

In 2010, another ship of the KSRM Group, MV Jahan Mani, was hijacked by Somali pirates. It took 99 days to rescue the ship.

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