The Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah has held discussions with senior officials of the shipping company of the hijacked Saudi Arabian vessel and urged them to expedite the release of the 13 Sri Lankan crew members.
The Consulate has also informed Colombo that when the shipping company had established contacts with the pirates through satellite communication, the pirates had assured the shipping company that they would not harm the Sri Lankan crew members.
The Consulate General added that their officials had also held discussions with the General Manager of the shipping company, who had stated that the family members of the Sri Lankan crew members had been informed of the incident, including the actions being taken by the shipping company to secure the release of the crew.
The Saudi Arabian ship, ‘Al Nisa Al Saudi’ was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden on Monday with a 14-member crew aboard which includes 13 Sri Lankans and one Greek. The tanker was on its way from Japan to Jeddah when it was hijacked. The hijackers have demanded a ransom of US$2.2 million.
The Foreign Ministry said that it will continue to monitor the situation and take all necessary measures to expedite the release of the Sri Lankan crew members through the Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry and the Sri Lankan Missions in Saudi Arabia.
Comments - 6
Friday, 05 March 2010 05:35 PM
The vessel-owners are helpless, in fighting international criminal gangs. who may even be working closely with some powerful governments. Even the UN and NATO are helpless - a real shame! ... The media is strangely very quiet about this tragedy?
Friday, 05 March 2010 11:14 PM
The world powers seem to be afraid of a few Somali pirates?
Saturday, 06 March 2010 01:01 AM
You mean GOSL?
Saturday, 06 March 2010 04:59 AM
Nobody is able to control the somali pirates for the last few years. The shipping company of Saudi Arabia among them. However we may keep confidence and give fullest support to our newly appointed Consul General of Sri Lanka to Jeddah in his endeavour as he found a good gentleman unlike his predecessor
Saturday, 06 March 2010 06:56 AM
They may safety than sri lanka
Friday, 05 March 2010 03:07 PM
Decisions on most of crimes that take place in this world are reached in wrong way. As such no abatement in crimes can be seen.What the proprietor of the vessel is required to do at this moment is to take a stern action against pirates instead of giving them ransom.Holding discussions with pirates or offering ransom to get crew members released will not result in abatement of repetition of such crimes.
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