Chem tanker adrift, out of gas after freed by Somali pirates

23 April 2009 23:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The chemical tanker MT Stolt Strength, released by Somali pirates earlier this week, remained adrift and out of gas off the coast of Somalia, the vessel's owner said on Thursday.

Stolt-Nielsen SA said in a statement that the ship, released on 21 April, was awaiting the arrival of a fuel barge arranged by its owner and manager, Segana Shipping.

The vessel, captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on 10 November while carrying a load of phosphoric acid from Dakar to Kandla, India, ran its fuel supply low during the five-month hijacking. Its 23 crew were released unharmed.

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