MV Buccaneer (1981)

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Name: Buccaneer
Owner: Micoperi
Port of registry: Italy
Launched: 1981
Identification: IMO number: 8015831
General characteristics
Length: 75 meters
Crew: 16

The MV Buccaneer is a commercial tugboat captured by Somali pirates on 11 April 2009.[1][2] 10 of the 16 crew members are Italian. The others are five Romanians and a Croatian.

Buccaneers were pirates who attacked Spanish and French shipping in the Caribbean Sea during the late 17th century.


Italy's former foreign undersecretary Margherita Boniver was sent to Somalia as a special envoy of Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini to negotiate the release of the vessel.[3]


  1. "Pirates Seize Tug with Crew of 16 as U.S. Captain is Still Hostage". New York Times. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  2. "Somali Pirates Seize Another Boat". BBC. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  3. "Italy to send envoy to Somalia for talks on hostage release". Chinaview. 2009-04-25. Retrieved April 25, 2009.