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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Somali Pirates: Update on "Asian Glory"

From here:

ASIAN GLORY Remains In The Hands Of Pirates

19/02/2010 16.57 UTC

Car  Carrier Asian Glory
Car Carrier Asian Glory

The UK Flagged M/V ASIAN GLORY, hijacked on 1 January in the Somali Basin, is understood to have put to sea from its anchorage in Heredeere late yesterday and conducted logistical pirate transfers further south, off the Somali coast.

EU NAVFOR can confirm that ASIAN GLORY has returned to its anchorage and remains under the control of pirates. Contact with the owner confirms these details and show recent claims of ransom payments and the ships release to be untrue. The owner also confirms that all the crew remain well.

EU NAVFOR Somalia - Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the ‘World Food Program’ (WFP) and vessels of AMISOM, and to protect vulnerable ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EUNAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Earlier posts on Asian Glory and its role as "pirate support vessel" here and here.

An example of an erroneous report of her ransom and release here.

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