May 12, 2010
Pirates release ransomed reefer
Early this morning, Tuesday, May 11, the Bermuda flagged cargo ship MV Talca, hijacked 2 months ago, was released by pirates holding the ship.
The ransom drop was made on the May 8, and the ship left the pirate stronghold and headed north. However, the pirates remained onboard the ship and only left this morning putting ashore near the town of Bargaal.
MV Talca, with a dead weight of 11 055 tonnes, was hijacked on the afternoon of 23 March approximately 120 nautical miles off the coast of Oman. MV Talca has a crew of 22 (20 Sri Lankan, 1 Syrian and 1 Filipino). The Cargo ship is now heading towards Salalah. EU NAVFOR will continue to monitor the situation.
EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Programme (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM and to protect vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EU NAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.