Somali pirates free MT Nipayia chemical tanker

11 May 2009 15:38  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Somali pirates have freed the chemical tanker MT Nipayia, its Greek owners said on Monday.

It was unclear whether any ransom was paid to secure the vessel’s release.

According to one broker, the tanker was carrying a lubes cargo with a probable destination in the Middle East, although the owners would not confirm this.

Pirates hijacked the ship off the east coast of Somalia on 25 March.

This prompted an increase in calls for a second security corridor to be established, which would be aimed at protecting ships heading to ports such as Mombasa, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The second security corridor would be in addition to the one already set up in the Gulf of Aden.

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