Somalian Pirates

  • Pirate problem a scourge that needs to be fought: SM Krishna October 2, 2012

    External Affairs Minister SM Krishna addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Krishna spoke about the steps underway to tackle piracy and bring our captive sailors back. "Piracy is a scrouge that needs to be fought with the cooperation of other countries. Families...
  • Has Govt forgotten about the sailors held hostage by pirates? October 1, 2012

    For over two years, 57-year-old 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. ...
  • 43 Indians under Somalian pirates captivity: Govt August 27, 2012

    New Delhi: As many as 43 Indians are under the captivity of Somalian pirates, the government said on Monday. "43 Indian citizens are under the custody of Somalian pirates as on date," Minister of Shipping GK Vasan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply. The government has set up an...
  • 39 Indians still held hostage by Somalian pirates June 19, 2011

    New Delhi: As many as 39 Indians are still under captivity of the Somalian pirates even after six Indians on board the MV Suez ship were released by them. Somalian piracy is a global challenge and menace, which requires a well coordinated response by the international community, government sources said, adding...
  • 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...
  • Indian sailors return home after a year March 18, 2011

    All the Indian crew members who were hijacked by Somali pirates in April 2010 onboard merchant vessel RAK AFRIKANA are finally back on India soil. The pirates released the ship and the crew last week after keeping them hostage for almost a year. ...
  • Oppn takes on Govt over abducted sailors' issue March 10, 2011

    The fate of six Indians sailors of MV Suez abducted by Somalian pirates almost seven months ago was discussed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. While External Affairs Minister SM Krishna assured the MPs that the Government was taking steps to ensure the safe release of the captured sailors, Opposition...
  • Govt must act say the families of Indian sailors March 9, 2011

    Sampa, wife of Indian sailor speaks to CNN-IBN. ...
  • Helpless against pirates, sailor's family speak up March 9, 2011

    Relatives of sailors held hostage on the MV Iceberg protested near Parliament. ...
  • Whose responsibility is it to free sailors? March 2, 2011

    Experts, sailors' relatives debate if it is Government's responsibility or ship owners'. ...
  • Deadline nears, sailors' families cry for help March 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Families of six Indians onboard the MV Suez taken hostage by Somali pirates get desperate as the reported one-week deadline to secure their release draws closer. The family members of the hostages will meet the shipping minister G K Vasan on Thursday and urge him to expedite the release....
  • Somalian pirates free captured Indian vessel April 4, 2010

    Ahmedabad: One more vessel, carrying 11 Indian sailors, which was hijacked by Somalian pirates last week, has been released on Sunday, president of Kutch Vahanvati Association (KVA) Kasam Ali Bholim said. The vessel Al-Kadri was near Oman coast and on way to Dubai, he said. "We came to know about the release...
  • Indian Navy foils hijack attempt by pirates December 7, 2009

    New Delhi: The Indian Navy on Monday thwarted a piracy attempt on a Norwegian-flagged tanker off the Gulf of Aden, an official said. The Indian Navy ship, on anti-piracy patrol in one of the busiest sea lanes in the Gulf of Aden, got a distress signal at around 1500 hours...
  • Abducted sailors' kin pray and keep fingers crossed October 19, 2009

    New Delhi: Four Indian crewmembers of a Singapore-flagged ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday are safe, said relatives and officials on Sunday. A statement on the website of European Union’s anti-piracy force said the Kota Wajar was seized early on Thursday in the...
  • Stolt Valor captain and crew make way back home November 22, 2008

    Mumbai: Prabhat Kumar Goyal, captain of the Stolt Valor, and his crew are finally making their journey back home. The ship has docked in Muscat in Oman, where the 18 member crew is being administered medical and psychological treatment before they will fly to Mumbai. The Stolt Valor was hijacked...
  • Somalian hijackers release 3 Indian crew members October 17, 2008

    Mumbai: While families of those on board the Stolt Valor wait for some news. It was joy for families of the three Indian sailors freed from M V Iran Deyanat, another ship that was hijacked by Somalian pirates on August 21 in the Gulf of Aden. Crew members Akbar Ali...