Iran Denies Seizing Korean Ship and Holding Crew Hostage
By Sangmi Cha and Josh Smith SEOUL, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Iran denied on Tuesday it was using a South Korean ship and its crew as hostages, a day after...
The chemical tanker MT FAIRCHEM BOGEY has been released by Somali pirates just five months after it was hijacked, according to a report by the Somalia Report.
The tanker made headlines in August 2011 after the she was hijacked from the Omani port of Salalah while at an anchorage. The brazen attack by Somali pirates was made just after armed guards that were stationed on board the vessel during her transit through the Gulf of Aden had disembarked.
Somalia Report says that the vessel was released after a estimated ransom payment of $8 million was made to the pirates but adds that the actual ransom paid is likely to be less than that given the vessel was carrying just a partial load of methanol and the quick turnaround time.
No word yet on the condition of the 21 crew that was onboard when the MT FAIRCHEM BOGEY was hijacked.
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