New Pirate Tactic: Keep ransom figures quiet | $6 million paid for Rosalia D’Amato

We were happy to hear over the weekend that the Italian cargo ship MV Rosalia D'Amato had been released by Somali pirates with a full and safe crew.  At the same time we were stunned by the low $600,000 ransom reportedly to have been paid.  Now today, a Somalia Report exclusive reveals that the actual ransom is more likely in the area of $6 million, a figure the pirates … [Read more...]

Italian-Flagged MV Rosalia D’Amato Released by Somali Pirates

The hijacked cargo ship M/V Rosalia D'Amato and her crew of 21 has been released from pirate control according to several sources.  The 74,500 tonne Italian owned and flagged vessel was hijacked in April while on its way to Bandar Imam Khomeini, Iran from Paranagua, Brazil by a single skiff approximately 350NM South East of Salalah, Oman, in the Indian Ocean Somalia Report … [Read more...]

Bulk Carrier Hijacked in Indian Ocean, Containership Missing

MV ROSALIA D'AMATO (Source: Robert Smera/PBase) The European Union Naval Force Somalia, or EU NAVFOR, has reported that the bulk carrier M/V Rosalia D'Amato was pirated approximately 350NM South East of Salalah, Oman, in the Indian Ocean earlier this morning. The 74,500 tonne Italian flagged and owned vessel was on its way to Bandar Imam Khomeini (Iran) from Paranagua … [Read more...]