MV Lugela, which was reported on 25 September as been pirated, 900 nautical miles east of Eyl, in the Somali Basin, had been abandoned by pirates.
BSANNA News reports: “The Panama-flagged Lugela with 12 Ukrainians onboard has been released from pirates on Monday September 27, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ruslan Demchenko said.
The diplomat said that during a pirate attack the crew acted in accordance with a pre-developed plan and in full strength closed in the engine room with an adequate supply of drinking water and foodstuffs.
Concerted and coherent actions of the Ukrainian sailors did not allow the pirates to change the ship course and send it to the Somali coast. After spending almost two days on the uncontrolled ship, the pirates left it on the night of September 27.
The Ukrainian sailors feel good after the accident.
After checking the technical condition of the vessel the crew continued the movement, Demchenko emphasized”.
Evidently a citadel system defeated the pirates.
Late on 26 September, the company owning the ship stated that the pirates had abandoned the vessel and that it was now underway to a place of safety. The 12 Ukrainian crew are reported to be safe and EU NAVFOR is monitoring the situation.