Maran Centaurus: bank wire transfer confirmed
The pirates involved in the attack said they had received $7 million, including $5.5 million dropped onto the tanker deck and an additional $1.5 million wired to a bank account. Maran Tankers Management Inc., which owns and operates the tanker didn't say who paid the ransom money. The bulk of such payments are typically made by tanker owners. The mother group is called Agelef Shipping Group Ltd. It is managed by John A. Angelicoussis, Chairman and President, Age: 61, a second-generation shipowner. The group has offices in Piraeus, London, Houston, Manila and Okpo, and operates more than 50 vessels, mainly bulk carriers and tankers.