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Greek freighter seized by pirates arrives off Somalia: EU

world Updated: May 19, 2010 19:54 IST

A Greek-owned freighter with a mainly-Filipino crew seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden a week ago has arrived off Somalia, the European naval force in the region said on Wednesday.

"EU NAVFOR can confirm that the hijacked Liberian-flagged Eleni P has now arrived off the coast of Somalia and is anchored in the vicinity of Garacad," a statement from Brussels said.

The 72,000-tonne bulk carrier was reported to have been hijacked 250 nautical miles off the coast of Oman on May 12. It was en route to Kandla in India with a crew of 23 Filipinos, one Romanian and one Indian when it was seized, NAVFOR said.

"EU NAVFOR will continue to monitor the situation," the statement said.

The owners, Athens-based Eurobulk Ltd, said last week that the crew comprised 19 Filipinos, one Romanian, one Ukrainian and two Greeks, one of whom is the captain.

The Greek coastguard said the Eleni P was sailing from Ukraine to China with a cargo of iron ore when the hijacking occurred.

Somali pirates have raked in millions of dollars in ransom money through hijackings in the Gulf of Aden.

More than 400 seamen are currently being held hostage, the highest number since a surge in Somali piracy in 2007.