Vessel Released

A Greek bulk carrier seized in the Gulf of Aden seven months ago was reportedly “released from pirate control” on Saturday, according to EUNAVFOR.

The 72,000-tonne Eleni P, with a crew of 23, was hijacked on May 12, 250 nautical miles off the coast of Oman while en route to Kandla in India with a cargo of iron ore bound from Ukraine to China.

The owners, Athens-based Eurobulk Ltd, said at the time the crew comprised 19 Filipinos, one Romanian, one Ukrainian and two Greeks, one of whom is the captain.

“A group of around 10 pirates on speedboats boarded the vessel,” the general manager of Eurobulk, Markos Vassilikos told AFP.

The ship arrived off the coast of Somalia and anchored in the vicinity of Garacad, EUNAVFOR said a week later.

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