Ships told to avoid Asian Glory.
VESSELS in the Indian Ocean have been warned to avoid the car carrier Asian Glory which was hijacked last month because it is still under the control of pirates, reports Richard Meade.
Despite reports early this morning suggesting that the Zodiac Maritime Agencies controlled vessel had been released, the International Maritime Bureau has issued a warning this morning stating that pirates were using Asian Glory ?for their pirate activities?.
The BBC had previously quoted Somalian"s Shabelle Media Network as reporting that the 1994-built, 13,363 dwt ship had been freed. The latest update from Zodiac however stated that there has been no significant development over the last week.
The UK-flagged vessel was captured by Somali pirates on New Year"s Day with 25 crew on-board. The vessel, associated with Ofer interests, was hijacked in the Somali Basin approximately 900 miles north of the Seychelles and 600 miles from the coast of Somalia.
The IMB has warned all vessels navigating in the Indian Ocean not to approach closer than 100 miles from the last recorded position of the Asian Glory and to maintain maximum closest point of approach with any ship acting suspiciously.