Somali pirates release MV Izumi

THE MV Izumi, which has 20 Filipinos on board, was released from captivity by Somali Pirates on Saturday, February 26, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA).

The Japanese-owned and Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel was hijacked on Oct. 10, 2010 while on its way from Japan to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa.

Combined Maritime Forces Armed Forces of the Philippines Liaison Officer (CMF-AFPLO) Captain Gaudencio Collado and the local manning agency, Marsun Shipping, confirmed that the vessel with the 20 Filipino seafarers is now heading to Mombasa, Kenya. The Filipinos will be repatriated from Mombasa to Manila.

To date, there are 118 Filipino seafarers on board 11 vessels being held captive by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

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