DFA confirms release of MV Saldanha, Pinoy crew


Posted at Apr 28 2009 07:47 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2009 04:19 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday confirmed the release of a cargo vessel with Filipino seafarers on board.

In a press statement, the DFA said MV Saldanha with its 22 crew, including 19 Filipino seamen, on board was released on April 25.

The Marshall Island-flagged vessel was seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden last February 22. It was reportedly carrying coal from Newcastle in Australia en route to Slovenia.

On the same day, Somali pirates reportedly captured another vessel, MV Patriot, which was said to be on its way to Haradheere or Hobyo towns along the coast of central Somalia

The vessel is owned by Germany's Patriot Schiffahrts GmbH, managed by Hamburg's Blumenthal JMK and registered in Malta. It has15 Filipino seafarers on board.

The Philippine Government is coordinating with the respective manning agencies, their ship principals, and concerned foreign governments and international agencies for the release and repatriation of the Filipino seafarers.