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April 21, 2011

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The bulk carrier Rosalia D'Amato, Italy's perseverance was seized by pirates

d'Amico (Confitarma): our demands for action against piracy within neither the government nor the parliament

In the early hours of this morning the bulk Rosalia D'Amato di Navigazione SpA Italy's Perseverance, carrying 22 crew members including six Italians and 15 Filipinos, was seized by pirates while transiting to about 320 miles off the coast of ' Oman. The unit, of 74,500 deadweight tons, was sailing from the Iranian port of Bandar Imam Khomeini to the Brazilian port of Paranagua when it was attacked by a single vessel.

Currently the ship is followed at a distance from the Turkish Navy frigate Giresun, which is used in the mission of the international coalition Atlanta Naval Force Somalia European Union (EU NAVFOR). Naval vessels of the coalition has reached a single communication from Rosalia D'Amato noted that the pirates are on board and recommended that the naval forces of EU NAVFOR to maintain a comfortable distance.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that its Crisis Unit shall monitor the matter closely with the Ministry of Defence and immediately contacted the shipping company that currently maintains contact with the families of the crew. The ministry has appealed to the media because they maintain the necessary discretion to facilitate the release of the hostages.

The President of the Italian Confederation of Ship Owners (Confitarma), Paolo d'Amico, said that the seizure of Rosalia D'Amato may constitute "just another pirate attack an Italian ship that bears witness to the urgency of measures to protect the commercial shipping that for over a year Confitarma called on the government. " "I remember - said D'Amico - that the tanker Caylyn Savina, arrested on 8 February, is still in the hands of the pirates, and then are 43 seamen, including 11 Italians, on board Italian vessels held hostage by pirates '.

"Nevertheless - he lamented Paul D'Amico - now we have not yet received any feedback either at parliamentary level, on the five bills" parked "for a year in the House and Senate and on the possible departure of any armed personnel on our ships, nor at the governmental level, in particular, the Minister of Defense, which for months I have requested an urgent meeting to identify a suitable strategy of active defense. "

"The situation - said the president of Confitarma - is very worrying and it's really amazing the silence of our institutions that clearly did not understand that piracy is no less serious than the situation in Libya, and indeed the combination of the two events can have really devastating effects with incalculable harm to the country's system. "

Meanwhile more and this morning in the Indian Ocean, 250 miles east of Socotra, near the Gulf of Aden, was attacked by pirates also container Hanjin Tianjin South Korea's Hanjin Shipping. The ship, which can carry 6,500 teu container, has a crew of 20 people, including 14 Koreans and six Indonesians.The shipping company Hanjin Shipping has announced that the ship was damaged by two attacks carried out by pirates and was saved by the intervention of the Korean Choi Young military ship that arrived on the scene of the attack when the pirates had already vanished.

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