The INS Mumbai and a hijacked ship in the Gulf of Aden - 9 April 2017

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The Indian navy ship INS Mumbai (background) helped cease the hijacking of the Tuvalu-flagged ship (foreground)

Nineteen crew members have been free of a ship captured by Somali pirates within the Gulf of Aden.

Maritime officers obtained an alert on Saturday that pirates had boarded the timber-carrying ship about 75 miles (120km) from the coast of Yemen.

Ships from three nations diverted to its path. A Chinese language workforce boarded the vessel early on Sunday.

The primary hijacking by Somali pirates in 5 years occurred final month, however that is the second raid since then.

A spokesman for UK Marine Commerce Operations (UKMTO) in Dubai, who co-ordinate secure passage for service provider vessels within the Gulf of Aden, stated all on board the hijacked ship had been secure and heading to an unnamed vacation spot below escort.

The UKMTO stated the crew was from Syria, however an announcement by India’s ministry of defence stated they had been from the Philippines.

Maritime piracy threatens to return

Reviews in India stated the hijacked ship was travelling between the ports of Kenang in Malaysia and Aden in Yemen.

The UKMTO stated navy ships from India, China and Pakistan (the final working as a part of a global mixed process pressure) modified course to strategy the Tuvalu-flagged ship quickly after the alert was raised.

The crew had locked themselves within the citadel, a secure room contained in the ship designed to guard these on board from pirates.

The crew from the Chinese language ship boarded the hijacked ship at daybreak immediately, releasing these on board. India’s army stated it’s believed the hijackers fled the ship throughout the evening.

Piracy within the waters off Somalia and Yemen peaked in 2011, with greater than 200 assaults.

However after 5 years with no raids, an oil tanker was seized and held for ransom by Somali pirates in early March and there have been a lot of tried seizures since then.