Combined Ops

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Somali Pirates: Tanker Crew Freed

The crew of German LPG tanker has been freed from Somali pirates after payment of a ransom and is enroute to safety - as reported here:
A ransom has allegedly been paid to free a German-owned gas tanker seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden in January, an environment watchdog that also monitors piracy said Friday.

An unknown sum of money was delivered by aircraft on Friday afternoon and the MV Longchamp, captured on January 29, was set to be released afterwards, Ecoterra International said in a statement.
Initial report of capture here, with follow-ons here and here.

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