EU NAVFOR can confirm that the Turkish flagged Bulk Carrier YASIN C, hijacked 7 of April approximately 250 Nautical Miles east of Mombasahas, has suddenly been released by pirates on the evening of 9 April. It was reported from Task Force 508 that the pirates had left the ship and the Master was back in control.
Due to some technical problems on board the ship she has been freed and is now being towed back to Mombasa by a ship from Mombasa Port Control.
The YASIN C, with deadweight of 36 318 tonnes has a crew of 25 Turkish. It is believed that all crew members are well. EU NAVFOR, who works closely with NATO and CMF in the area, continues to monitor the situation.
EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the ‘World Food Program’ (WFP) and vessels of AMISOM, and to protect vulnerable ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EUNAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.