Somali Pirates Release Two But Hold Crew

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May 022011

MV Renaur: On way to safe port. Photo: EUNAVFOR

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. Continue reading »

MV SUSAN K pirated only 35 nautical miles from Omani coast

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Apr 082011

Susan K

In the early morning of 8 April, the General Cargo ship MV SUSAN K was pirated approximately 200 nautical miles North-East of Salalah, Oman; a location only 35 nautical miles from the Omani coastline.

The vessel was attacked and boarded by at least 10 pirates although exact details of the attack are not known at this time.

The Antigua & Barbuda flagged and German owned vessel was on its way to Port Sudan (Sudan) from Mumbai (India) when it was attacked.  The MV SUSAN K has a crew of 10 (4 Ukraine and 6 Filipino). There is no further information about the crew at present.

The MV SUSAN K was registered with MSC(HOA) and was reporting to UKMTO.  EUNAVFOR are continuing to monitor the situation.

One In, One Out On The Somali Roundabout

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Dec 132010


In what seems to be developing into a familiar roundabout the Liberian-flagged Eleni P has been released by Somalia pirates on the same day MV Renuar was seized.

On 11 December 2010, the 72,119 deadweight tonnes,  Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier MV Renuar was released from pirate control. She was pirated on 12 May 2010 approximately 250 nautical miles off the Omani coast with a crew of 23, of which 19 are Filipinos, 2 are Greek, one Ukrainian and one Romanian.

In the early hours of the same day the 70,156 tonnes Panama flagged, Liberian owned bulk cargo vessel  MV Renuar was pirated in the Indian Ocean, approximately 1050 nautical miles east of the Somali coastal village of Eyl and a distance of 550 nautical miles from the coast of India.

The attack was launched from two attack skiffs, supported by a mother ship, with pirates firing small arms and rocket propelled grenades at the merchant vessel.  Since the attack, the pirates have confirmed that they have control of the ship which is now heading West towards the Somali Coast.

The MV Renuar was en route to Fujairah, UAE from Port Louis in Mauritius, when pirated. The 24 man Filipino crew attempted to evade the pirates for some time causing the pirates to make several determined attacks before finally boarding the vessel.  There are presently no communications with the ship and the condition of the crew is not known.

Tanker Al Nisr Al Saudi Released

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Dec 092010

MV Al Nisr Al Saudi

On 7 December 2010, the Saudi Arabian flagged Product tanker MV Al Nisr Al Saudi was released from under pirate control after nine months.

The vessel, which has a deadweight of 5,136 tonnes and a crew of 14, was heading to Jeddah when she was pirated in the Gulf of Aden on 3 March 2010.

The master of the ship is Greek and the rest of the crewmembers are from Sri Lanka.

EUNAVFOR: Best Isn’t Best

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Nov 232010

pirates ‘Best Management Practices’ is misnamed says Colonel Richard Spencer, Chief of Staff of EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters. The curse of minimum standards that infests much of the maritime industry applies to anti-piracy measures.

Many maritime security experts may sneer at the BMP as “like taking a knife to a gunfight” but when properly implemented it is proving more effective than anyone would have expected.

In the last five days seven vessels transiting in the Somali Basin escaped pirating thanks to BMP.

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Dead Yachtie Alive

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Nov 082010

Yachtman refused to leave grounded boat

A South African yachtsman who was reported to have been shot dead by Somali pirates after he refused to leave his vessel is alive and safe says EUNAVFOR.

His yacht had been located by the EU NAVFOR warship FS Floreal on 6 November when it was discovered to be sailing suspiciously close to shore.  Despite numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the yacht, including a flypast by the ship’s helicopter, no answer was received and the French warship launched her boarding team to investigate further.

Upon approaching, the team came under fire from the yacht and a Mayday call was recieved making it clear that pirates were on board and that the crew of three were under their control.

The FS Floreal remained in the vicinity of the pirated vessel. The yacht eventually ran  aground near the shore during the early morning of 7 November. As a result of the grounding, the pirates attempted to remove the three crewmembers ashore. The South African skipper of the yacht refused to leave his vessel and the pirates left with the remaining two crewmembers as hostages.

Once the pirates had left the yacht, the skipper was rescued by the EU NAVFOR warship FS Floreal.  He is confirmed as being safe and is currently on board another EU NAVFOR warship. Continue reading »

Pirates Go From Go Trader

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Oct 312010

MV Go Trader

On the morning of 30 October 2010, the Malta-flagged MV Go Trader was reported under attack from one skiff approximately 520 kilometres, south east from Salalah, Oman.

Pirates had managed to board the vessel; however, after a couple of hours they eventually abandoned it, after having been unable to get control over the crew who had locked themselves in the ship’s “citadel”.

The 24 crewmembers are reported safe.

EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM. EU NAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. In addition, EU NAVFOR monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Polar Pirated in the Somali Basin

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Oct 302010

MV Polar

On the morning of 30 October 2010, the MV POLAR, a Panama-flagged tanker, was pirated in the Somali Basin.

The Liberian-owned MV Polar was attacked during the night, approximately 580 nautical miles (almost 1,100 km) East from Socotra island. The owner confirmed this morning that his vessel was under pirate control.

MV Polar, deadweight 72,825 tons, has a crew of 24, of which 1 is Romanian, 3 are Greek, 4 Montenegrin and 16 Filipino.