Somali pirates released the Indian-flagged Savina al-Salaam and its' 16 all-Indian crew without ransom on Thursday.
The pirates released the boat late on January 5 at 4:30pm. There was no ransom paid.
It's unclear why the pirates abandoned the boat, but it seems that they weren't expecting a ship carrying livestock. “The boat carried 3620 livestock, and it appears the pirates thought the boat was carrying only goods – so they thought to use it to mount attacks from – but they didn't want to deal with the livestock, the hijackers found the Savina too heavy to use as a mothership for launching attacks.
The Savina al-Salaam is now on course for Oman.
[earlier]Livestock carrier said to be named Savina Al-Salaam,and owned 'by India', has 16 crew. All are Indian. The boat also carried four Somali passengers, three women and one man, all have Oman visas, The cargo was 3620 animals, livestock loaded at Bosaso Port. The name of captain is Naaji Hussien. They hijacked while the boat was at sea and heading to Oman,"
9,206 grt; 12,113 dwt.
Built: 1975 by ENVC - Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo SA. Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Yard no 95.
Main engine: six-cylinder,two -stroke H Cegielski-Sulzer 6RND68 of 7,200 bhp at 157 rpm. Speed: 18 knots.
Built for Arya National Shipping Lines SA, Iran as ARYA ZAR; renamed in 1980.
2003-to breakers at Mumbai, India 28/6
Status: Dead Added: Dec 01, 2011
Name: Iran Salam
Last known flag: IRAN
- Arya Zar (Until 1980 Jul 19)