The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday that a Panama-flagged and Greek-
owned vessel with 24 Filipino seafarers was seized by Somali pirates on December 11.
The MV Renaur was hijacked about 1,050 nautical miles east of Somalia in the Indian
Ocean. It was enroute to Fujirah in the United Arab Emirates from Port Louis, Mauritius when
it was attacked. The vessel is now enroute to Somalia.
The DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) instructed
Philippine Liaison Officer to the Combined Maritime Forces in Manama, Captain Gaudencio
Collado, to assist in the efforts of the European Union naval forces (EU NAVFOR) to
undertake rescue operations on the vessel before it reaches Somali waters.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban B. Conejos also
instructed Captain Collado to convey to the EU NAVFOR that the paramount concern of the
Philippine Government is the safety of the Filipino crew.
The DFA-OUMWA also called the Philippine Embassy in Athens to convey the same
message to the vessel’s Greek-based managing owner.
To date, there are 100 Filipino seafarers onboard eight vessels held captive by pirates.
The DFA-OUMWA continues to coordinate closely with the concerned Philippine Embassies,
the vessels’ principals and the local manning agencies for the early and safe release of the
other seafarers. (PIA)