EUNAVFOR reports the release of two pirated vessels, Asphalt Venture and Renuar. Seven of Asphalt Ventures crews are believed to remain held by pirates onshore.
The Panama flagged Asphalt Venture was pirated on 28 September 2010 about 100 nautical miles South-East of Dar Es Salaam in the Somali Basin, the vessel was on route to Durban when it was attacked. It was released on 15 April after 199 days.
It is understood that 7 members of the original crew of 15 were not released with the vessel and that they are still being held in ashore in Somalia. The other eight crewmembers are taking the vessel to a safe port.