GULF OF ADEN (Apr. 15) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that a Greek-owned vessel was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, April 14.
The MV Irene E.M. is the latest vessel to be captured by pirates off Somalian waters following the rescue of another vessel, Maersk Alabama, by the U.S. Navy Seals, which left three Somalis dead. MV Irene E.M. has 22 Filipino seafarers on board.
The local manning agency of the vessel has assured the DFA that the Filipino seafarers are unharmed and that the principal is exerting efforts for the early release of the vessel and its crew.
A total of eight vessels, with 122 Filipino seafarers, are currently in the hands of Somalian pirates.
According to the DFA, the Philippine Government is continuing to coordinate closely with concerned foreign authorities and the local manning agencies of the hijacked vessels to secure the early and safe release of the Filipino seafarers.