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 »

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Piracy Report 21 January

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Jan 212011
 

Renuar: A wolf in ship's clothing

The following information derives from the weekly NATO Shipping Centre report which provides further details.

Japan 555 (Malaysia 618 / Tai Yuan 227) –is assessed to be used as mothership and be involved in the attack on a merchant vessel in pos 14°56N 059°14E at 1023UTC 20 JAN 2011

RENUAR, JIH CHUN TSAI 68, GOLDEN WAVE (also known as GEUMMI 305) and one of the PRANTALAYs have left the anchorage and it assessed to be used by pirates as a mothership, no position at this time, but Renuar maybe heading to Arabian sea Continue reading »

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