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MV Asphalt Venture captured by pirates near Tanzania

(BRUSSELS2) A ship Norwegian flying the Panamanian flag, the MV Asphalt Venture, was captured by pirates in the Somali Basin, confirms the HQ of Atalanta, the European anti-piracy operation. This 3.884-ton vessel was captured, in fact, on the afternoon of September 29, when it was about 100 miles southeast of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). The change of course of the ship – which left Mombasa in Kenya was planned to arrive towards Durban – and the direction on the Somali coast aroused the attention of observers. Repeated radio calls have so far gone unanswered. Which confirms the capture. On board a crew of 15 Indians.

Another attack foiled the day before

(Updated) Another ship narrowly escaped another attack off the coast of Tanzania on the afternoon of September 28. The MV Mississippi, a Maltese-flagged chemical tanker, came under attack about 45 miles northeast of Dar es Sallam from a legitimate pirate attack, with automatic weapons fire and RPGs. He only owed his salvation to the presence of mind of the crew who practiced dodging maneuvers and the reinforcement of an Italian ship, the Libeccio, from the European anti-piracy force EUNavfor Atalanta, alerted by a French maritime patrol plane which was in the air nearby.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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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