Oil tanker freed by pirates arrives in Salalah

MUSCAT- MV Zirku, the oil tanker released by Somali pirates after holding it for more than 10 weeks, has arrived in Salalah.



By (Our Correspondent)

Published: Fri 17 Jun 2011, 12:20 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:20 AM

The 105,000-deadweight Kuwait-owned and UAE-flagged vessel, was reportedly freed by the brigands four days ago after a big amount was paid in ransom.

All the crew members 17 Pakistanis, three Jordanians, three Egyptians, two Ukrainians and one each from Croatia, India, Iraq and the Philippines were said to be in good health. The ship was captured by the pirates in international waters some 250 nautical miles southeast of Salalah while it was sailing from Bashayer in Sudan to Singapore.

Arrangements were being made by representatives of owners of the ship to send the crew to their respective home countries. The replacement crew have already arrived in Salalah.

ravindranath@khaleejtimes.com


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