Shipbuilding News - 8 April 2007 - The Brightest Maritime Daily
WFP welcomes release of hi-jacked
ship mv ROZEN
Vessel and crew released but WFP warns of continuing threat in Somali
WFP welcomed today the release of the hijacked vessel mv ROZEN and its
crew and urged authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in
northeastern Somalia and the Transitional Federal Government to curb
piracy in Somali waters.
“WFP welcomes the release after 40 days of the mv ROZEN and its 12-person
crew on Thursday night and thanks elders in Puntland for their mediation,”
said WFP Somalia Country Director Peter Goossens.
“The threat of piracy however is still very much alive in Somali waters
and WFP urges the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the
Puntland authorities to curb this menace,” he added. News of the release
was delayed for security reasons.
The mv ROZEN was contracted by WFP to carry 1,800 metric tons of food aid
from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Berbera and Bossaso in northeastern
Somalia. It completed its contract with WFP when it discharged its last
food aid in Berbera on 22 February.
The Mombasa-based ship was hijacked off Puntland on 25 February and was
released three kilometres off the Somali coast near the small seasonal
fisherman's settlement of Dhigdhiley in Puntland.
The 12-man crew of the mv ROZEN consists of six Kenyans and six Sri
Lankans, including the captain.
The hijacking made shippers reluctant to carry cargoes to Somalia and
caused delays in transporting food aid to Somalia.
The mv SEMLOW , a sister vessel of the mv ROZEN was hijacked with WFP food
aid onboard in Somali waters for more than 100 days in 2005.
Another WFP-contracted ship, the mv MILTZOW (again of the same fleet
owners) was hijacked for 33 hours in
October 2005 while it was unloading WFP food aid at the Somali port of
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