Antigua and Barbuda-flagged MV CHARELLE released

The small containership Charelle, hijacked on June 12 by Somali pirates near Oman in June, has been released. The ship was carrying mostly empty containers when it was seized. MV CHARELLE was been sea-jacked by eight pirates around 60 nautical miles south of Sur on the Omani coast. This was the first recorded attack in the waters of the Sultanate of Oman. The German company has as registered owner her subsidiary TARMSTEDT INTERNATIONAL LTD in Samoa (Apia) listed, while TRADEX MARINE LTD of New Zealand are the managers. The 1985 built vessel is insured with the Ship Owners' Mutual P&I Association of Luxembourg. The crew of the vessel is not covered by an ITF agreement.

The crew of 10 aboard the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged ship, including seven Sri Lankans and three Filipinos, were also freed. "It started sailing towards safe waters around an hour ago. The gunmen have left it to the crew. A ransom was paid out.

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