Greek tanker released by Somali pirates after two months

10:53, April 09, 2011      

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Greek oil tanker "Irene SL" had been released by Somali pirates after two months in captivity, the Greek Coast Guard announced on Friday.

The 25-member crew of the vessel, which was seized on February 9 off the coast of Oman with a shipment of Kuwait oil for the US, are in good health, according to the statement released by Greek officials.

"Irene SL" is currently heading for South Africa, according to the owner, shipping company Enesel. The company did not specify if ransom was paid to secure the release of the ship and crew, as has happened in previous cases over the past three years.

According to the company, there are seven Greeks on board, 17 Filippino nationals and one Georgian.

Source: Xinhua
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