Pirated Greek freighter released by Somali pirates

The Greek tanker "MV Irene SL", which had been pirated by Somali pirates on February 9, was released from pirate control on Thursday, the EUNAVFOR announced.

The Greek-owned and Greek-flagged VLCC (very large crude carrier) "Irene SL" was pirated on February 9 approximately 350 nautical miles southeast of Muscat in the North Arabian Sea, carrying a load of 266 tons for oil products from the Gulf to the Gulf of Mexico.

The 25 crew members -- from Greece, Georgia and the Philippines -- are all safe and in good health, and the vessel was headed to afe port in Durban, S. Africa.

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