The only one and the last ship in Somalia pirates captivity, m/v Albedo, sank in rough weather

European Union Naval Force said on July 8 13, that anchored Malaysian container ship Albedo, hold by Somalia pirates since November 2010, sank in rough weather. Vessel according to pirate commander Hassan Abdi, was held by pirates near notorious pirates den in Hobyo, central Somalia coastline, Indian ocean. Reports are confused - Hassan Abdi told The Associated Press on the phone, that at least six pirates and two crew members had been killed. What does it mean, goes unexplained – did they die in an accident, or were they killed being fired upon? If there was gun fire, who was firing at whom, and why? Hassan Abdi also said, that at least two crew members were rescued.

Both pirates commander and EU NAVFOR mentioned m/v Albedo having mechanical problems for months, which is no wonder. Vessel in pirates captivity was as good as derelict, from the point of view of proper maintenance. To stand against storm in an open bay means either moving out to the sea, or at least, if staying at anchor, keeping vessel’s bow against swell and wind, which requires an operational main engine.

EU NAVFOR said there were 15 crew on board of the Albedo.

According to previous data, there were 14 crew left on board of Albedo, after the release of 7 Pakistani crew, including captain, on July 31 2012, and previously, death of one of the crew of the Indian nationality. Reportedly, he died because of cholera. Among those 14 there are 7 Sri Lankans, 6 Bangladeshi and 1 Iranian. Read full story


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