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Somali pirates free tanker

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Somali pirates have released the Greek supertanker VLCC Maran Centaurus after receiving millions in ransom, a Kenya-based maritime watchdog and pirate sources said Monday.

"She\’s free. She\’s preparing to sail out" from the pirate lair of Harardhere, Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme told AFP.

Pirate sources in Harardhere said the pirates had released the Greek-flagged supertanker and its crew of 16 Filipinos, nine Greeks, two Ukrainians and a Romanian.

The huge ship was still anchored off Harardhere Monday apparently receiving last-minute technical assistance from a nearby foreign warship.
 

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