MV Golden Nori

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MV Golden Nori comes alongside USS Whidbey Island for refueling following its release from Somalia-based pirates
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Operator: Dorval Kaiun Shipping
Builder: Fukuoka Shipbuilding, Japan
Launched: March 1997
Identification: IMO number: 9151137
General characteristics
Class and type: chemical tanker
Tonnage: 11,676 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 117 m (LOA)
Beam: 20 meters
Draft: 8.75 meters
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h)
Capacity: 20 cargo tanks accommodating 78,884 barrels total
Crew: 28

The MV Golden Nori[1] is a Japanese chemical tanker that was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia on 28 October 2007. In news reports, she has at times been mistakenly referred to as the Golden Nory and Golden Mori.

The Golden Nori, which operates under a Panamanian flag, was reportedly seized by Somali pirates eight nautical miles off the coast of the East African nation. A radio distress call sent by the crew late on October 28 was received by the USS Porter. The United States Navy responded, sinking the pirates' skiffs. The tanker's captain made contact with his family via telephone, and indicated that the crew was safe.[2]

At the time she was hijacked, the cargo of the Golden Nori consisted of four different chemicals, including highly flammable benzene.[2]

There are believed to be around five well-organized pirate groups operating in Somali waters. Maritime agencies continue to caution ships to avoid Somali waters or travel with escorts.[3]

US and German naval vessels shadowed the captured vessel and blockaded from entering the port of Bosaso. Eventually, after demanding a ransom, the pirates freed the ship and its crew of 21 on December 12.


  1. Dorval Shipping, Inc.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "With Help, Ship Crew Defeats Pirates". Associated Press. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-01.  Note that this article's title refers to a different incident.
  3. "U.S. destroyer pursuing hijacked ship in Somali waters, military says". (Turner Broadcasting). October 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 

External links

fi:M/T Golden Nori