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Release of Navios Apollon and MV Pramoni for ransom

MV Navios Apollon

(BRUSSELS2) The information is confirmed by the HQ of Atalanta, the European anti-piracy operation, based in Northwood (London).

The Greek bulk carrier Navios Apollon, sailing under the Panamanian flag, was freed by the pirates. A ransom was “dropped” on the ship on February 27 morning (its amount was not specified but press agencies mention the amount of $7,5 million). The MV Navio Apollon was captured on December 28, 200 nautical miles east of the Seychelles, while en route from Florida to Thailand. It has a crew of 19 people on board (1 Greek and 18 Filipinos). The ship is followed remotely by an Atalanta maritime patrol aircraft. But no specific request for assistance has yet been received, indicates Atalanta HQ.

The chemical tanker MV Pramoni, an Indonesian ship weighing 20.000 tonnes, chartered by a Norwegian company, and flying the Singaporean flag, was captured on January 1 in the Gulf of Aden, with a crew of 24 people (17 Indonesians, 5 Chinese, 1 Nigerian, 1 Vietnamese ). It was anchored off the coast of Eyl, one of the main bases of Somali pirates. Atalanta HQ also confirmed on February 26 that it was “carefully” monitoring the situation.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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