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Freed sailors to reach Mumbai by Nov 25

delhi Updated: Nov 19, 2008 15:53 IST

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The 18 Indian sailors on board ship MT Stolt Valor, which was released by Somali pirates after holding it captive for two months, are expected to reach Mumbai by November 25.

The Indian crew members are safe and sound and they will reach Mumbai by Nov 25, Ebony Ship Management (ESM), which is in charge of crew management for the Japan-based company owning the vessel, said.

The pirates released the ship in the Gulf of Aden on November 16 after a ransom amount between one to 2.5 million dollars was paid reportedly by the Japanese owners following negotiations.

The ship is scheduled to reach Muscat on November 22 where medical team will be on standby to undertake a health check-up of the the 22 crew members, which also included two Filipinos, one Bangladeshi and one Russian.

The crew will be relieved at Muscat and repatriated to their respective countries, Prashant Rangnekar, MD of ESM, said.

The cargo ship, owned by Japan's Central Marine Company and managed by Fleet Marine Ltd in Mumbai, was hijacked by the armed Somali pirates on September 15 in the Gulf of Aden.

The Central Marine Company had hired professional negotiators for ensuring safe return of the crew.

The hijackers had initially demanded a ransom of USD six million for the release of the crew and later had brought the amount down to USD 2.5 million.