Maltese-flagged cargo ship released after being hijacked

July 29th, 2010 - 10:41 pm ICT by BNO News  

SOMALIA (BNO NEWS) – A Maltese-flagged merchant vessel was released on early Thursday morning after being hijacked for more than five months by Somali pirates, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia reported.

The MV FRIGIA is a cargo ship with a deadweight of 35,000 tons and was hijacked on March 23 when it was approximately 1,000 nautical miles east of the northern Somali coastline.

MV FRIGIA has a crew of 21 members; nineteen of them are Turkish and the remaining two are Ukrainian. They were not believed to be injured during the ordeal.

The EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATLANTA has the task of escorting merchant vessels carrying aid from the World Food Program (WFP) and from the African Union Mission in Somalia. The operation also targets the protection of vessels from piracy.

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