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Latest Piracy News (7 Sep 2011)


Tuesday (Sept 6) Danish hostages are free

The Danish Johansen family and the two sailors who accompanied them were freed by Somali pirates after six months of imprisonment. They were captured – along with their three children aged 12, 15 and 17 – on February 24 aboard their 13-metre sailboat, the SY Ing, while en route from the Maldives to the Red Sea. A ransom of 3 million euros was paid according to information from Somali pirates reported by the Danish press agency.

Tuesday (September 6) The MV Panama is free

On September 6, Somali pirates freed the American container ship flying the Liberian flag. The MV Panama with its 23 Burmese sailors was captured on December 10, approximately 80 miles from the border between Tanzania and Mozambique, while en route from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Beira in Mozambique. A ransom of $7 million was paid according to Somali pirates interviewed by Reuters.

Monday (Sept 5) Dutch reinforcement for anti-piracy operation

(credit: Dutch Navy)

Operation Eunavfor Atalanta received reinforcement from a Dutch ship, the HNLMS Zuiderkruis, a support ship which is no longer brand new because it has been serving since… 1975. With a crew of 190 sailors, commanded by Commander Herman de Groot, it has an onboard Lynx helicopter and can ensure diesel refueling, aviation fuel and various supplies. It is expected to remain in the area until the end of November.

(August 29 and 31). Two ships captured by pirates. offensive action

Two ships heading from Bossaso to the Arabian Peninsula were captured by pirates at the end of August (29th and 31st), according to Puntland port authorities. As the security forces of this autonomous province of Somalia told Garowe Online, one of the ships was recovered on Saturday during an offensive action by unidentified naval forces. While the pirates of the second ship were arrested by Omani forces.

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).