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MV Malaspina Castle

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MV Malaspina Castle

Name: Malaspina Castle
Operator: United Kingdom
Port of registry: Panama
Launched: 1981
Identification: IMO number: 7915967
MMSI Number: 372574000
Callsign: 3EJN8
General characteristics
Tonnage: 32,500
Length: 183.9 m
Beam: 28.0 m
Speed: maximum 16.2 knots, average 13.7 knots
Crew: Bulgarians, 4 Filipino, RussianS, 2 Ukrainians

The MV Malaspina Castle is a cargo ship, captured by Somali pirates on April 6, 2009.[1][2] Four Filipino sailors were among the captured crew.[3] The crew members, including two Ukrainians, Russians, and Bulgarians, were released on May 9, 2009, after a ransom was paid to the pirates.[4]


  1. ^ "Somali pirates seize more vessels". BBC News online. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 6 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Tran, Mark (2009-04-06). "Somali pirates seize British-owned ship". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  3. ^ "Two Vessels with 21 Filipino Seafarers Hijacked in Somalia". Republic of the Philippines · Department of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Somali pirates released on May 9 Malaspina Castle, ship sailing under flag of Panama, with two Ukrainians aboard". 5 December 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
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