EUNAVFOR reported that on 22nd of August, 2013 a Spanish Maritime from EUNAVFOR overflew the pirate controlled fishing ship FV Naham 3 and observed that the ship had moved from its sea anchorage to a Somali beach in the Galmudug area. Armed men have been sighted aboard the fishing vessel FV Naham 3, however, no hostages have been seen in or near the ship.
FV Naham 3 has been in armed pirate hands since it was hijacked in the Indian Ocean on March 26th, 2012. The fishing vessel had been tethered to MV Albedo, which was hijacked in November 2010, for several months. MV Albedo sank in shallow waters on Sunday, 7th of July and since then FV Naham 3 has been sighted sailing up and down the coast or at anchor.
Recent aerial photos have shown Somali pirates wielding their weapons on the upper deck of the fishing vessel FV Naham 3.
Allegedly, that negotiations are on-going among a hostage support programme and the pirates to try and provide the safe release of the hostages.
The whereabouts of the hostages can not be verified by EUNAVFOR at this time.