Pirates had held cargo vessel now docked at Portland

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Cargo ship Rosalia D'Amato, which is anchored in the Willamette River north of Portland's Broadway Bridge, The Oregonian reports, but the ship has her own story to tell. It's a cargo ship that before her current destination had been 'anchored' for several months in the hands of pirates.

The 74,500 tonne Italian owned and flagged cargo ship Rosalia D’Amato was hijacked back in April 2011, while en route to Bandar Imam Khomeini, Iran from Paranagua, Brazil by a single skiff almost 350 nautical miles South East of Salalah, Oman, in the Indian Ocean.

According to reports at the time of the release, the cargo ship Rosalia D’Amato and her crew members were freed after the shipowners paid a ransom of a mere $600,000 to the pirates. The crew members spent 7 months in 2011 at the hands of Somali pirates but they are all in good condition now.