MT Stolt Valor with 18 Indians onboard freed

November 16th, 2008 - 12:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 16 (IANS) MT Stolt Valor, the ship that was hijacked with 22 crew including 18 Indians onboard in the Gulf of Aden, was released Sunday morning after two months, a shipping official said.The ship was hijacked by Somalian pirates on Sep 15. It was released at around 8 a.m. India time, said a spokesperson of the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) in Hong Kong.

All the 22 crew members on board the ship who were in the captivity of the pirates are “safe and in healthy condition”, NUSI General Secretary A.G. Serang told IANS from Hong Kong.

Serang said: “Now the relevant official formalities of the different governments of different countries and shipping authorities are being worked out and very soon all the crew members shall be reunited with their respective families.”

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