7:26 am : 31.May.2016

Indians on board hijacked oil tanker

oil tanker

London, May 12 (Agency)

About 15 crew members, including Indians, are on board an oil tanker that has been hijacked by pirates in the Arabian sea, a media report said.

The Liberian-flagged Smyrni was carrying 135,000 tonnes of oil. It was seized off the coast of Oman, reported BBC.

The ship's operator said it lost contact with the crew at 11:50 GMT Thursday.

It is reported to have a crew of about 15 on board, composed of Indians and Filipinos.

Pirates struck about 630 km from the Omani coast and hijacked the ship which was only on its second voyage. It had first set to sea in 2011.

As many as 17 ships and nearly 300 crew are currently held by Somali pirates, according to the International Maritime Organisation.