ASPHALT VENTURE

  • 13 Indian sailors return home, eight others still in Somali pirates' captivity March 18, 2013

    Eight Indian sailors of the Asphalt Venture and the Al Bedo are still waiting for a solution. ...
  • 7 sailors held in captive by pirates seek help from govt October 6, 2012

    Taken hostage by Somali pirates two years ago, the sailors have now sent a message to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh via YouTube saying they are unwell and desperate to return home. Their families too are crying out for help. ...
  • 7 Indian sailors held captive by pirates seek help October 6, 2012

    Mumbai: A dramatic new video that captures the plight of seven Indian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates has surfaced. After two years in captivity, seven Indian sailors continue to remain in captivity onboard merchant vessel MV Asphalt Venture. The sailors have issued a desperate appeal to the Indian government through...
  • Has Govt forgotten about the sailors held hostage by pirates? October 1, 2012

    For over two years, 57yearold TB Unnikrishan has been among the seven Indian sailors held by Somalian pirates. On September 28, 2010, their ship, Asphalt Venture, was hijacked while sailing from Kenya to Durban. ...
  • Sailor in captivity: Centre asked to act July 6, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Centre to inform it of the steps being taken to rescue a sailor who has been held hostage by Somali pirates since September 2010. Sailor TB Unnikrishnan was the Second Officer of MT Asphalt Venture, that was hijacked by pirates on...
  • Kerala: Long wait for justice for sailors' families March 26, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The families of seven Indian sailors, on board 'MV Asphalt Venture' that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2010, are wondering why the Indian government is taking so long to secure the release of the sailors. Some of them are to accompany Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy when he...
  • Freed captain prays for 7 sailors' release May 6, 2011

    Mumbai: It's an emotional homecoming for Ramesh Singh the Captain of merchant ship, Asphalt Venture after sevenmonth long ordeal in Somalia. In an email interview to CNNIBN Captain Ramesh Singh recounts the trauma of leaving his colleagues behind and has urged the government to save their colleagues' lives. "...we were extremely...
  • Captive sailor's family requests PM to intervene May 1, 2011

    Mumbai: The son of the Chief Engineer of the captive ship under Somali pirates Kapil Grewal, has lashed out at the government and demanded immediate intervention from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Captive sailor Bahadur Singh's son, Kapil Grewal, said "Mr Manmohan Singh is the leader of one of the most powerful...
  • Pirates asked to honour code, release sailors April 18, 2011

    Mumbai: The seven Indian sailors of Asphalt Venture continue to be in captivity of the Somali pirates. This in spite of a ransom payment made by the ship owner, who appealed to the pirates to honour the agreement. The Asphalt Venture release drama could mark an unprecedented shift in ship...
  • International meet to tackle piracy issue April 17, 2011

    New Delhi: There has been no breakthrough so far to free the seven Indian sailors held hostage on MV Asphalt Venture. After the UN security council's resolution on piracy, more global efforts are on to tackle the piracy menace. Govt and business leaders from over 50 countries are meeting in Dubai...
  • Somali pirates keep Indian hostages after ransom April 16, 2011

    Mogadishu: In a move that could change the piratehostage equation, Somali pirates on Friday took in a multimillion dollar ransom, then released the ship and some of the crew but kept all the Indian crew members as hostages. A pirate told The Associated Press that the Indian crew members' hostage ordeal...
  • Account of misdeeds by Somali pirates February 16, 2011

    New Delhi: Somalia has not had a functioning government in two decades, and piracy has flourished off its coast. The elusive robbers of the high seas have greatly expanded the areas where they operate in the recent years and Indian sailors are facing the crisis with very little or simply...