MV Rozen arrived Mombasa port safely early this morning.
It was tears of joy and laughter as the United Nations chartered cargo vessel MV Rozen which was held captive by Somali pirates for 41 days arrived in Mombasa today with all its 12 sailors.
All the sailors, six Kenyans and Six Sri Lankans, gave harrowing tales of torture and fierce gun battles during and while in captivity.
The ship owners, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Kenya and World Food Program officials were on hand to well come the seafarers.
They asked for more action from the Kenyan,Somali Government and the International community to stop the piracy menace off the Somali coast.
MV Rozenís captain Wahalathanthri Pereira who has been at sea for over 20 years as a merchant mariner has seen it all but to him the 41 day ordeal was the mother of all.
Three days into captivity , Puntland Authorities where the vessel was being hidden by gunmen tried to rescue the 21 sailors and the ship.However Captain Pereira says the rescue mission almost turned tragic.
The ship owner Karim Kudrati gave thanks and praises to the brave crew members of the ill-fated vessel. However,he said that it is high time now for the Kenyan government to act.
The Sri Lankan High Commisioner to Kenya HE Meelaud Keeran and Mr Leo van Der Velden the Deputy Country Director for World Food Program said that there is an urgent need for the regional authorities and the International community to put more efforts in curbing the piracy menance off the Somali coast.
Others on hand to wellcome the seafarers were officials from the Kenya Maritime Authority,ITF,Seafarers Associations,Kenya Maritime Police Unit,friends and relatives of the crew.
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