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21 Indian sailors released by pirates

Last Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 23:53

Mumbai: 21 Indian sailors aboard the ship MV
Fairchem Bogey, which was hijacked last August, have been
released by the pirates, Directorate General of Shipping said
here on Saturday.

This is a second piece of good news for the Indian
seafaring community within a fortnight. Seventeen sailors from
a hijacked Iranian ship had been released late last month.

"All the 21 sailors are safe and the ship is now on its
way to a safe port," Director General of Shipping (DGS), S
B Agnihotri, told PTI here.

With this, the number of Indian sailors in captivity of
Somali pirates aboard various ships comes down to 22, he
added.

The Marshall Island-flagged Fairchem Bogey, a
chemicals-oil tanker, had been hijacked from the Salalah port
anchorage off the coast of Oman in August.

Declining to say when exactly the sailors would return,
Agnihotri said the ship had security guards on board at
present.

DGS had earlier said that the vessel was managed by
Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (I), Mumbai.

Some reports in the international press said that ransom
was paid to secure the release but Agnihotri declined to
comment.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 23:53

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