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Somali pirates release Norwegian UBT Ocean. The Norwegian vessel UBT Ocean was released yesterday, after being hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Madagascar five months ago. Although this was confirmed by Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme, Svenn O. Pedersen, CEO of Brøvigtank that owns the vessel, is being more cautious with his information. “We’re not completely in the clear before the ship is out of Somali waters. [The hijackers] aren’t people you can make a deal with or trust,” he tells NRK.

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Somali pirates release Norwegian UBT Ocean

Published on Wednesday, 21st July, 2010 at 12:38 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

The Norwegian vessel UBT Ocean was released yesterday, after being hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Madagascar five months ago.

A Somali pirate ship
A Somali pirate ship
Photo: flikr/Wikimedia Commons


Although this was confirmed by Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme, Svenn O. Pedersen, CEO of Brøvigtank that owns the vessel, is being more cautious with his information.

“We’re not completely in the clear before the ship is out of Somali waters. [The hijackers] aren’t people you can make a deal with or trust,” he tells NRK.

Pedersen goes on to say all 21 crew members, who are of Burmese nationality, are fine and have been monitored all along, but didn’t disclose the sum of money paid by the company. However, a Somali pirate gave Reuters more information about the ransom.

"We released the fishing ship yesterday after a $3 million ransom was paid. We also released another ship carrying fuel today and took $4 million in ransom," the pirate called Hassan said. 

The vessel UBT Ocean was hijacked on March 5, 2010, while travelling from the United Arab Emirates Fujairah port to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.



Published on Wednesday, 21st July, 2010 at 12:38 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: ubt, ocean, somali, pirates, broevigtank, madagascar, burmese, crew, svenn, pedersen, united, arab, emirates, fujairah, dar, es, salaam, tanzania.





  
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