updated 3/20/2009 7:14:26 AM ET 2009-03-20T11:14:26

Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry says pirates have seized a Greek-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.

The ministry says the St. Vincent-flagged Titan, with 24 crew members on board, was seized late Thursday night. Three of the crew members, including the captain, are Greek.

The Titan had been sailing from the Black Sea to Korea with a cargo of metal when it came under attack, the ministry said.

Last month, pirates in the same area seized another Greek-owned cargo ship with a 22-member crew.

Pirate attacks are frequent off the Somali coast, and have continued despite the presence of a large number of warships to protect commercial shipping.

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