Somalia — UK Flagged MV ASIAN GLORY released

On 11 June 2010, a ran­som drop was made to the pirate group hold­ing the mer­chant ves­sel MV ASIAN GLORY at anchor in the vicin­i­ty of Gara­cad on the east­ern coast of Soma­lia.

MV Asian Glory
MV Asian Glo­ry

The UK flagged MV ASIAN GLORY, with dead­weight of 13.363 met­ric tonnes, was hijacked late in the after­noon on the 1 Jan­u­ary 2010 approx­i­mate­ly 900 nau­ti­cal miles north of the Sey­chelles and 600 miles east of the Soma­li coast.

The ship has a crew of 25 per­sons (8 Bul­gar­i­an, 10 Ukraines, 5 Indi­ans, 2 Roman­ian).

The ship was tran­sit­ing North West towards the Inter­na­tion­al Rec­om­mend­ed Tran­sit­ing Cor­ri­dor when she was hijacked.

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.