The Greek-owned tanker "Irene" was taken over by pirates on Wednesday, while sailing 200 nautical miles off the coast of Oman. The ship had a crew of 25, among them seven Greeks.

The "Irene" was carrying a cargo of crude oil and had disembarked from Kuwait heading for the Gulf of Mexico. Apart from the seven Greek sailors, its crew consisted of 17 Filipinos and one Georgian national.

The shipping company that owns the vessel said that it currently had no contact with the ship.