Hitch as ship gets stranded in Somalia

A map showing Shabelle Province, Somalia.

What you need to know:

  • MV Semlow had dropped off cargo in Mogadishu and was sailing back to Mombasa when it experienced technical problems.
  • Seafarers Union of Kenya Secretary General Andrew Mwangura told the Nation that two ships had sailed to the area but one suffered mechanical problems on Thursday.

A Mombasa-bound ship has run ashore near a small seaside village in Shabelle Province, Somalia.

MV Semlow had dropped off cargo in Mogadishu and was sailing back to Mombasa when it experienced technical problems.

It drifted towards the village that is about 120 kilometres east of Mogadishu, where it is got stuck on either rocks or sandbars.

According to the website, Harar24news, the ship was looted by fishermen.

MECHANICAL PROBLEMS

Seafarers Union of Kenya Secretary General Andrew Mwangura told the Nation that two ships had sailed to the area but one suffered mechanical problems on Thursday.

He said that the ship, that was once Kenyan-owned, had changed ownership.

Mr Mwangura could not establish how many people were on board MV Semlow.

He the agency receives information from ships under distress. Mr Mwangura added that a vessel can only be confirmed to be stranded after checking on the radar.

“We cannot know whether a ship is fishing or if it is stationary. If one is stranded yet no report is made, then that is suspect,” he said.

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