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Monday, January 22, 2018

Pirate Control News

MV Marida Marguerite Released

At 1330Z on 28 December 2010, the MV Marida Marguerite was released from pirate control. The vessel which is Marshall Island flagged and German owned, was pirated on the morning of 8 May 2010. With a deadweight of 13168 tonnes and a crew of 22 (19 Indian, 1 Ukrainian and 2 Bangladeshi) she was bound for Antwerp, Holland, when taken by pirates approximately 120 nautical miles South of Salalah, Oman. There are now 25 vessels and 587 hostages being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  

Photo: MV Motivator Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

As reported earlier, the Product Tanker MV Motivator was released from pirate control earlier this week. The Marshall Islands flagged vessel, which was pirated on in the Southern Red Sea on 4 July and has a crew of 18 Filipino nationals, was released on the 16 January approximately 160 nautical miles South- West of the island of Socotra near to the coast of Somalia.  The EUNAVFOR warship FS Jacoubet and the helicopter TORO06 from SPS Canaria assisted the crew immediately after their release. (Source: EU NAVFOR)

MV Izumi Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

The MV Izumi, which was pirated on 10 October 2010, was released from pirate control on 25 February. The Panama-flagged vessel and her Filipino crew of 20 are believed to be making for a safe port. There is no information on the condition of the vessel or the crew.

MV EMS River Released from Pirate Control

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

The MV EMS River, which was pirated on 27 December 2010, was released from pirate control on 1 March 2011. The Antigua/Barbuda flagged and German owned vessel was on her way to San Nicolas, Greece from Jebel Ali in the UAE at the time of the attack. According to the owner of the vessel, all crew members are well and unharmed. 

Warship Nivôse Assists Released Vessel

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On the morning of 14 March, the EU NAVFOR French frigate FS Nivôse provided assistance to the MV Jahan Moni after she was released from pirate control. The French warship provided fresh water, food and medical assistance to the crew after a request from the vessel’s owner was received. The merchant vessel and the 26 Bangladeshi crew members had been pirated on 5 December 2010, in the Somali Basin, approximately 1300 nautical miles East of Eyl (Somalia). The crew were examined by Spanish medical staff and the MV Jahan Moni is now heading for a safe port.

MV Irene SL Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

The Very Large Crude Carrier MV Irene SL was released from pirate control on 7 April 2011.  The Greek flagged and owned vessel was pirated on the 9 February, approximately 350 nautical miles South East of Muscat in the North Arabian Sea. The vessel and her crew of 25 are believed to be making for a safe port. The crew members are from Greek, Georgia and Philippines. According to the owner all the crew members are safe and in good health.  

Piracy – Hijacked Ship Freed by Iranian Commandos

Iranian commandos reportedly stormed, released the Bolivian-flagged 63,400 dwt bulk carrier from pirate control Military sources informed the report that Iranian commandos stormed the Iranian-owned, Bolivian reglistered bulk carrier Eglantine, which is steaming towards the Omani port of Salalah, according to news carried by 'Somalia Report'. The 12-year old bulk carrier was seized by pirates 305 nm northwest of the Malivian capital Male late last month carrying a cargo of sugar from Brazil. She is owned by Andulena Corp of Tehran, and has a crew of 23, whose condition is presently not known.

MV Polar Pirated in Somali Basin

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

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. The MV Polar, deadweight 72,825 tons, has a crew of 24, of which one is Romanian, three are Greek, four Montenegrin and 16 Filipino.  

Pirated MV Golden Blessing Released

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 6 November 2010, the Singapore-flagged MV Golden Blessing was confirmed released from under pirate control. The MV Golden Blessing, a Singapore-owned chemical tanker, deadweight 14,445 tonnes, was pirated on 28 June 2010 approximately 90 nautical miles (170 kilometres) off the Somali coast. The MV Golden Blessing has a crew of 19 Chinese.

Pirated MV Samho Dream Released

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 6 November 2010, the Marshall Islands-flagged MV Samho Dream was released from under pirate control. The MV Samho Dream, a Marshall Islands-owned crude oil tanker, deadweight 319,360 tonnes, was pirated on 4 April 2010 approximately 600 nautical miles off the Somali coast. The MV Samho Dream has a crew of 24, of which 19 Filipinos and 5 South Koreans.  

Pirated MV Eleni P Released

 Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 11 December 2010, the Liberian-flagged MV ELENI P was released from pirate control. The MV Eleni P, a Greek-owned bulk carrier, deadweight 72,119 tons, was pirated on 12 May 2010 approximately 250 nautical miles off the Omani coast. The MV Eleni P has a crew of 23, of which 19 are Filipinos, two are Greek, one Ukrainian and one Romanian.

MV Motivator Released from Pirate Control

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

In the early morning of 16 January, the Product Tanker MV Motivator was released from pirate control. The Marshall Islands flagged vessel, which was pirated on in the Southern Red Sea on 4 July and has a crew of 18 Filipino nationals, was released approximately 160 nautical miles South- West of the island of Socotra near to the coast of Somalia.  An EUNAVFOR ship assisted the crew immediately after their release. According to the ship’s Greek owners, the crew are reported to be as well as could be expected given the circumstances.

MV Khaled Muhieddine Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On the morning of 26 May, the MV Khaled Muhieddine, which was pirated on 20 January 2011, was released from pirate control after 126 days. The crew of 22 Syrians and 3 Egyptians are all well.

Golden Blessing Hijacked in the Gulf of Aden

In the early hours of 28 June, pirates took control of the MV Golden Blessing approximately 90 nautical miles off the northern Somali coast. On notification from the Master of the MV Golden Blessing that pirates were on board, the EU NAVFOR German warship Schleswig-Holstein immediately launched their helicopter and reported sighting suspected pirates on board the MV Golden Blessing. The MV Golden Blessing, a Singapore flagged tanker with deadweight of 14445 tonnes, was carrying a cargo of glycoethelen. The MV Golden Blessing has a crew of 19 Chinese; there are no reports of injuries. The vessel is under pirate control and is now moving towards the Somali Coast. EU NAVFOR is monitoring.  

Pirated Merchant Vessel Panega Released

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

MV Panega was hijacked on 11 May 2010, approximately 100 nautical miles east of Aden (Yemen) in the Gulf of Aden. On 9 September the vessel was released from Garacad from under pirate control. Merchant Vessel (MV) Panega is a Bulgarian flagged Chemical product tanker, with a dead weight of 5,848 tons and a Bulgarian crew of 15, all of whom are reported in good health.

MV Sinar Kudus Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On the 1 May, the Bulk Cargo Carrier the MV Sinar Kudus was released from pirate control after 46 days in captivity. The MV Sinar Kudus, which is Indonesian flagged and owned, was on its way to Suez (Egypt) from Singapore when it was attacked on the 16 March 2011. The ship is now sailing to a safe port.

Somali Pirates Shift Long-term Hijacked Vessel Closer to Beach

Montage courtesy of EUNAVFOR

A Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft from EU Naval Force has overflown the pirate controlled fishing vessel 'FV Naham 3'and observed that the vessel had moved from its sea anchorage to a Somali beach in the Galmudug region. Armed men were sighted on board FV Naham 3, however, no hostages have been seen in or near the vessel. FV Naham 3 has been in armed pirate hands since it was pirated in the Indian Ocean on 26 March 2012. She had been tethered to MV Albedo, which was pirated in November 2010, for several months.

Somalia, Pirates Use Hijacked Ro-Ro

The NATO Shipping Centre reported that on Jan. 30 the vehicle carrier Asian Glory (Blue hull and white superstructure), previously hijacked and still under pirates control, was in position 04:19N - 052:13E CO:005 SPEED 14. It is assessed pirates are using Asian Glory for their pirate activities. All vessels navigating in the Indian Ocean to consider keeping east of 60E when routing north/south and to consider routing east of 60E and south of 10S when proceeding to and from ports in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Vessels are also advised not to approach closer than 100 miles from the position given in this report and maintain maximum CPA with any ship acting suspiciously.

Pirated Crew of MV York and MV Rak Afrikana Arrive Safely

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

The MV York, together with 25 crewmembers from the MV Rak Afrikana, arrived safely in Mombasa after being released from pirate control on March 9. The crew of the MV Rak Afrikana, which was herself released by pirates on March 8, were transferred to the MV York after being rescued by the Italian warship ITS Zeffiro when the master sent out a distress call. The MV York, and her crew of 17 (from Germany, Ukraine and the Philippines), was pirated on October 24, 2010 approximately 50 nautical miles East of Mombasa, Kenya.  There is no information on the condition of the crews from either vessel.

FV Tai Yuan 227 Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

Although exact details surrounding the situation are not known at this time, there are indications that the Taiwanese flagged fishing vessel Tai Juan 227 has been released from pirate control. The vessel, which had a crew of 28 (Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Kenyans and Mozambicans) at the time of the attack, was pirated on 6 May 2010 whilst operating 700 Nm North East of The Seychelles. Although direct contact with the crew has not been possible, the vessel’s owners apparently received a call from the master stating that they had been released but that they did not know why.

MV Hzannibal II Released from Pirate Control

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

The Chemical Tanker MV Hannibal II, was released from pirate control on 17 March 2011. The Panamanian flagged vessel was hijacked on 11 November 2010, approximately 860 nautical miles East of the Horn of Africa. The vessel and her crew of 30 are believed to be making for a safe port. The crew members are from Tunisia, Philippines, Croatia, Georgia, Russia and Morocco. The vessel had 31 crew members on board when she was taken but, as previously reported by the EU on the 17 December…

Crew Regains Control of Pirated Vessel

The crew of a North Korean cargo vessel, Dai Hong Dan, regained control of their vessel Oct. 30, after fighting with the pirates who had taken over their ship sometime on October 29, according to a Navy report. The crew was able to control the steering and engineering spaces of the ship, while the pirates had seized the bridge. The ship is approximately 60 nautical miles northeast of Mogadishu. Three corpsmen from USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), an Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer operating as part of the maritime coalition, along with a boarding team, provided medical assistance and other support as needed to the crew of the Korean vessel. Three seriously injured crew members have been transferred to the James E. Williams for treatment.

Piracy in the Indian Ocean

Somali based pirates continue to cause serious challenges to merchant vessels transiting the Indian Ocean.At the time of writing, EU NAVFOR statistics indicate that there are 26 vessels and 582 crew held captive off the coast of Somalia (not taking into account an unknown number of smaller dhows and fishing vessels that have been seized). Moreover, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported that Somali pirates hijacked 49 vessels in 2010, an increase from 47 in 2009. With the use of hijacked mother ships…

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