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19 January 2010 :: 13:01:33 pm 8950

Multi Million Dollar Ransom Paid for Return of Super Tanker

Somali Pirates have released the “Maran Centaurus” from captivity following a multi-million dollar ransom payment made by the ships owners.
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International, the 19th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The “Maran Centaurus,” seized by Somali pirates in November 2009, is the second largest vessel to be captured in the Gulf of Aden after the Saudi owned “Sirius Star.” The ships operators, London based Maran Tankers Management, part of the Athens based Angelicoussis Group, are one of the world’s largest oil tanker operators. Reportedly there is now a dispute between rival pirate groups as to the division of the ransom and the amount of money paid.

 

It is believed that the ransom paid for the return of the “Maran Centaurus” was between US$5-9 million. This is by far the largest ransom ever paid to pirates following the estimated US$3 million paid for the return of the “Sirius Star” in January of 2009. After the “Danica White” owners paid an excessive US$1 million for the return of their ship in 2007, ransoms have regularly reached this figure. The question now is: Will this hefty fee become the benchmark for future negotiations between the pirates and ship owner/operators?

 

The “Maran Centaurus,” only slightly smaller than the “Sirius Star” was carrying approximately 2 million barrels of oil when seized and is the second Very Large Crude Carrier – most commonly used type of super tanker – to have been seized by Somali pirates since the beginning of 2007.

Maran Tankers Management released a statement explaining; “The tanker with all crew on board is now under naval escort en route to a suitable safe port. All 28 members of the officers and crew of the “Maran Centaurus” are safe and well.”

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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