MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
A Kenya-owned ship is stranded
north of Mogadishu in the Indian Ocean because of mechanical
problem, a regional maritime official confirmed on Thursday.
East Africa Coordinator of Seafarers’ Assistance Programmer
(SAP) Andrew Mwangura said the 'MV Jamila' was sailing from
Zanzibar to Mogadishu when it developed mechanic problem.
"We have received distress call that the vessel has
drifted with crew member on board.
"Efforts are being made to contact the rescue center and
owner of the vessel," Mwangurasaid.
The maritime official said the vessel that was loaded with
cargo started to drift with unknown number of crew members on
Mwangura said the vessel is currently held in Lower Shebelle
some 70 kms from Mogadishu, an area suspected to be under the
control of the 'al-Shabaab' militant group.
He said unconfirmed reports indicate that residents have so
far started looting cargo in the vessel.
Kenya military spokesman Bogita Ongeri said they have not
received information of any stranded ship so far.