MV ZIRKU released from pirate controlJune 13, 2011 - 16:30
On the 10 June, the MV ZIRKU was released from pirate control after 73 days in captivity.
She was pirated on the 28 March 2011, approximately 250 nautical miles South East of Salalah in the eastern part of the Gulf of Aden
The UAE flagged and Kuwaiti owned vessel was on its way to Singapore from Bashayer (Sudan) when she was pirated. The MV ZIRKU has a crew of 29 (1 Croatian, 1 Iraqi, 1 Filipino, 1 Indian, 3 Jordanians, 3 Eqyptians, 2 Ukrainians and 17 Pakistanis). There is no further information about the crew at present.
MV ZIRKU is on her way to a safe port.
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