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SOMALI PIRATES RELEASE 17 CREW MEMBERS INCLUDING A SRI LANKAN

Jul 29, 2011 5:38:34 AM - itnnews.lk

The UAE-flagged oil tanker with 17 crew members including a Sri Lankan was released on Wednesday after it was hijacked by Somali pirates on July 16 in the coast of Yemen.

The National Transportation Authority making this announcement also reassured about the safety of the oil tanker’s 17 crew members after it was released. The tanker was released sans any concessions or payment of ransom as a result of the UAE’s good reputation and its strong relations with various countries. The Authority tracked the movement of the ship by coordinating with the relevant bodies. The tanker is owned by Sharjah-based Jubba General Trading Co and has sailors from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Sudan, Myanmar, Kenya and Somalia.