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Somali pirates free Greek supertanker: watchdog

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

world Updated: Jan 18, 2010 16:34 IST

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

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 on Monday apparently receiving last-minute technical assistance from a nearby foreign warship.