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.