Pirates Let Go Greek Crude Oil Tanker M/V Maran Centaurus

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On Jan. 18 2010, the Greek crude Oil Tanker M/V MARAN CENTAURUS was released outside Haradere off the coast of Somalia.

The M/V MARAN CENTAURUS, with a squad of 28, among them 9 Greek, 16 Filipinos, 2 Ukrainian and 1 Romanian, was hijacked on Nov.29 in the Somali Bassin, 600 NM (Nautical Miles) North East of the Seychelles. MARAN CENTAURUS has load of 300,294 tonnes.

The Oil Tanker is now heading towards Durban and EU NAVFOR warship FS SALAMIS is monitoring the circumstances. SALAMIS has sent a helicopter to appraise the situation on board and provide any immediate medical assistance aboard the M/V MARAN CENTAURUS.

EU NAVFOR SOMALIA Operation ATALANTA main tasks are to accompany merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the ‘World Food Program’ (WFP), to protect susceptible ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy.

According to the BBC reports, the vessel was released after a ransom of between U.S. $5.5 million and $7 million was dropped on the deck of the supertanker – one of the biggest ransoms ever paid.

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