11 Crewmembers of MV Albedo Reported Alive

MV Albedo seen off the coast of Somalia. Photo: EU NAVFOR
MV Albedo seen off the coast of Somalia. Photo: EU NAVFOR

6 days ago, the hijacked ship MV Albedo sank off Somalia.  Reports at the time indicated that both hostages and captors had drowned in the sinking.  Only an empty lifeboat emblazoned with the name MV Albedo was found.

Information released today by the Secretariat for Regional Maritime Security, Somali Contact Group on Counter Piracy and Maritime Security, aka the Kampala Process, indicates that 11 of the crewmembers have survived the incident, and were transferred to the fishing vessel NAHAM 3 which had been alongside the MV Albedo before she sank.  4 crewmembers are still missing however.

The crew of the former MV Albedo are from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Iran and have been held captive since being hijacked on 29 November 2010.  

The fishing vessel Naham 3 is currently holding captive 29 seafarers from China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Taiwan, Vietnam and Philippines.

There are also 4 Thai Fishermen and 7 Indian seafarers still being held from other vessels.