As on 10th January, 2012
The Directorate General of Shipping under the Ministry of Shipping has received the following information on the ships in custody of Somali pirates/ released as on 10th January, 2012:
M.T. “SAVINA CAYLYN”, with 17 Indian crew, hijacked on 08.02.2011 was released on 22nd December 2011 from Somalia and all the crew members have now arrived in India via Fujairah.
M.V. “SPAR RIGEL”, Flag Norway, with 20 Indian and 1 Ukranian crew was hijacked off the Nigerian Coast early today morning. The crew, following the best management practices, locked themselves into the citadel (Safe house) on board. The naval forces in the region were alerted and the vessel is now free of pirates and all crew are reportedly safe.
As on date the number of Indian crew in custody of Somali pirates on different ships is as follows: This does not include mechanized sailing vessels.
a. M.V. ICEBERG-1
b. M.T. FAIRCHEM BOGEY
c.. M.V. AL BEDO
d. M.T. ENRICO IEVOLI
While 36 Indian seafarers are on board four foreign flag ships, 7 seafarers of “ASPHALT VENTURE” are held hostage on land. So far, no ship with Indian flag has been hijacked.
Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India