MV Renuar, a Panama-flagged and Liberian-owned bulk cargo vessel, was
abducted on 11 December 2010 in the Indian Ocean, approximately 1050
nautical miles east of the Somali coast and a distance of 550 nautical
miles from the coast of India.
The vessel was en route to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates from
Port Louis in Mauritius when it was taken over.
Captain Gaudencio Collado, Armed Forces of the Philippines Liaison
Officer to the Combined Maritime Forces, and the vessel’s local
manning agency reported to the DFA that the 24 Filipino seafarers are
all in good condition.
The vessel is now sailing to Fujairah, and arrangements for the
repatriation of the 24 Filipino seafarers to Manila are being made.
To date, there are still 79 Filipino seafarers on board nine vessels that the
Somali pirates hold in captivity.
The Philippine government has undertaken measures to minimize the
exposure of Filipino seafarers to piracy attacks, including making
arrangements with ship principals and manning agencies for vessels to
travel along a safety corridor and to adopt best management practices
as a deterrence to piracy attacks.
The Philippine government has likewise taken up the issue of maritime
safety and security in the Gulf of Aden and in the Indian Ocean before
the United Nations and other international organizations. The
Philippines is a member of the intergovernmental Contact Group on
Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), according to the DFA press statement.
Last year, CMF-AFPLO Captain Collado was also deployed with the
Combined Maritime Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, to assist in the latter’s
efforts to prevent piracy attacks.