Somali pirates release Greek-owned ship
Friday, December 11, 2009
The director of Greek shipping firm Alloceans Shipping, Spyros Minas, announced that pirates freed the Ariana, after the company paid a ransom. The released sailors were in good health, Minas noted.
Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko also announced the crew's release from . "I congratulate the nation, and I congratulate the families on the successful operation to free our sailors," he commented.
The shipping company did not reveal the size of the ransom, but pirates told reporters the amount was more than US$2.5 million. The pirates claimed it was worth US$3 million.
Pirates have continued to hijack vessels off the eastern coast of Africa despite the presence of foreign naval patrols in the area. They are still believed to be holding around 260 crew members on nearly a dozen captured ships.
- "Somali Pirates Release Greek-Owned Ship" — , December 10, 2009
- "Somali pirates free Greek ship with Ukrainian crew" — , December 10, 2009