Stolt-Nielsen tanker released by Somali pirates

21 April 2009 09:14  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Somali pirates on Tuesday released Stolt Strength, a tanker on time charter to Stolt Tankers, and all crew members on board are safe, the Norwegian shipping company said.

“We are relieved that a safe conclusion to this traumatic situation has been reached,” Stolt-Nielsen said in a statement.

The company said it recognised that the safe release of the ship and crew had been a difficult and protracted process for the ship's owners and managers.

The crew would shortly be reunited with their families, it added.

The vessel was taken by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on 10 November while on passage from Dakar to Kandla.

Ship owners had said the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the additional costs being placed on ship operators could jeopardise the future of eastbound trade to Asia from Europe.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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