After a ransom was delivered Thursday morning, the Togo-flagged MV Khaled Muhieddine K and her crew of 25 are in the process to be released.
However, there are still pirates on board, local observers reported to ECOTERRA Intl., though a news-wire quoting direct communications with pirates had reported already that the ship and seamen were freed.
"They will hopefully all leave under cover of darkness tonight," the marine observer reported Thursday afternoon from Dhanaane at the North-Eastern Indian Ocean coast of Somalia. He refuted earlier media-reports and stated that too early media reports always endanger the release operations, because such reports cause other people to arrive at the return beaches and cause havoc. "These media-stringers with close ties to pirates try to get the extra cash for early reporting, unfortunately sometimes too early," he stated.
In some cases this caused that the actual release was delayed for several days until all pirates found a safe way to disembark.
That is also one of the reasons, why FV PRANTALAY 12 still has not been released, because a competing pirate group had taken the vessel over by force and commandeered it to a location near Eyl where ship and crew still are held.
Especially due to the uproar caused by the detention of two ransom delivering planes on Tuesday this week in Mogadishu, the area of Ceel Dhanaane has become a beehive of different pirate groups, who are also quiet hostile to each other.
Analysts, however, hope that the vessel will sail free on Friday.
- Friday, May 27, 2011