Leopard Crew Released by Somali Pirates

Somali pirates have released six crewmembers from the Danish-flagged MV Leopard after more than two years in captivity. The six hostages, two Danes and four Filipinos, have been held since their vessel was attacked January 12, 2011 in the Arabian Sea off Oman. During the attack, pirates were not able to gain control of the vessel but made off with the six hostages. News … [Read more...]

Pirates Release Tanker After Stealing Cargo

LONDON--A vessel hijacked last week off the Ivory Coast has been released after the cargo of 5,000 metric tons of fuel oil was stolen, the ship's Nigerian manager said Tuesday. "The entire cargo on board had been discharged while the crew were locked up in the junior officers mess room," said Jubril Rowaye, chairman at Brila Energy. The Panamanian-flagged ITRI was seized … [Read more...]

Somali Pirates Release Crew of ‘Iceberg 1’

Somali pirates have released 22 hostages held since March 2010 aboard the M/V Iceberg 1, according to a statement by officials in Somali's semiautonomous region of Puntland. The Iceberg 1, hijacked March 29, 2010 off the coast of Yemen, is the longest held vessel by Somali pirates. "After 2 years and 9 months in captivity, the hostages have suffered signs of physical torture … [Read more...]

Somali Pirates Free Four Hostages After 19 Months in Captivity

SEOUL (Reuters) - Four South Korean sailors abducted by Somali pirates 19 months ago were released on Saturday, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said. The MT Gemini, a tanker operated by Singapore-based Glory Ship Management, was hijacked by the pirates on April 30, 2011, with the four sailors, along with 21 non-Korean crew members, while heading to Malaysia from Kenya. The … [Read more...]

M/V Orna Released By Pirates, 6 Crew Still Held

Nearly two years after being hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, the M/V Orna has been released. However, only 13 of its 19 crew members have been released with the vessel. The M/V ORNA is a Panama-flagged, UAE owned bulk cargo vessel with a dead weight of 27,915 tonnes. It was hijacked by a group of pirates on December 20, 2010, while underway in the Indian … [Read more...]