Pirates attack South Korean vessel in South China Sea

Pirates attacked South Korean-flagged bulk carrier CK Bluebell (IMO 9595876) in the South China Sea early on Monday July 22nd, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and personal items, according to South Korean authorities.

Two people suffered minor injuries when seven pirates boarded the vessel and made off with $13,000 and belongings including mobile phones, clothes and shoes from the 22-strong crew, officials from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said.

The incident occurred near the Singapore Strait. CK Bluebell set sail from anchorage off Singapore late on Saturday afternoon, heading northeast for South Korea’s Incheon port. Korean officials said the ship was sailing normally after the robbery.

2011-built, South-Korea-flagged, 44,132 gt CK Bluebell is owned and managed by Chang Myung Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Chang Myung Shipping Co Ltd.