An India-bound tanker, Golden Blessing, has been hijacked by pirates while on its way through the Gulf of Aden from Saudi Arabia.

Announcing this on Monday, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the vessel, which was registered here, was carrying a crew of 19, all Chinese nationals. They were said to be safe at the time the MPA received reports about the hijacking.

The situation was being monitored closely, the MPA said.

When contacted, the ship owner, Golden Pacific International Holdings (S) Pte Ltd, said no further details were immediately available. The vessel, petroleum/chemical tanker charted out to Shanghai Dingheng Shipping Co Ltd, was presumed to be laden with cargo bound for India, said a spokesperson for the ship owner.

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