Hijack Vessel 'Asian Glory' Returns to Pirate Stronghold

Diplomacy | February 19, 2010, Friday // 14:23|  views

The hijacked 'Asian Glory', with eight Bulgarian crew on board, has now returned to the Somali coast, still under the control of pirates. Photo by BGNES

The pirate-held "Asian Glory", with eight Bulgarian crew members aboard, has changed its course and is sailing back to the coast of Somalia, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has announced late on Thursday.

According to the latest information received from the Ukrainian Embassy in Great Britain, the ship has returned to its previous mooring off the Somali coast.

On Wednesday, February 17, the vessel was reported to be ventuing into open waters, heading south of the Somali coast.

The Asian Glory was hijacked on January 2, almost 1 000 kms off the coast of Somalia. The British-flagged car carrier has a crew of 25, including ten Ukrainians, eight Bulgarians, five Indians, and two Romanians.

Meanwhile, Lloyds of London, the maritime insurers, have warned all vessels in the Indian Ocean to avoid the Asian Glory because, despite earlier reports that the ship had been released to owners Zodiac-Maritime, it is still under the control of pirates.

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Tags: Asian Glory, Somalia, pirates, Zodiac, Lloyds of London, hijack, Bulgaria, Ukraine


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