MV Safmarine Asia

The MV Safmarine Asia is a ship that was unsuccessfully attacked by Somali pirates 14 April 2009.[1] A French frigate, the Nivôse, responded to the vessel's distress call, and in the process, found and arrested 11 Somali pirates.[2] There are plans to try them for piracy in Kenya.[3] They were landed at Mombasa for trial in Kenya on 22 April 2009.[4]

Name: Safmarine Asia
Port of registry: Liberia
Ordered: 1 September 1984
Completed: 1985, lengthened 1989
Identification: IMO number: 8413887
General characteristics
Type: container ship
Tonnage: 21,887
Length: 190 meters
Beam: 28 meters
Speed: 17.8 knots (33.0 km/h; 20.5 mph)
Notes: Safmarine Asia,


  1. "New wave of Somali pirate attacks". BBC. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  2. Otterman, Sharon; Mark McDonald (2009-04-15). "11 Pirates Seized in Raid by French Navy". New York Times. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  3. "Kenya 'will try Somali pirates". BBC. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  4. "French Deliver 11 Piracy Suspects". BBC. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009.

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