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.
On the 23 April, the bulk carrier MV Renuar was released from pirate control after 133 days in captivity.
The Liberian owned, Panamanian flagged vessel and her crew of 24 Filipinos had been pirated on 11th December 2010, 550 nautical miles off the coast of India. She was on route to Fujairah (UAE) from Port Louis (Mauritius), when she was attacked.
The ship is now sailing to a safe port.