Al Nisr Al Saudi: ransomed, released, escorted

Al Nisr Al Saudi, 5 136-tonne tanker, ransomed and released, was seized and first moored off Garad, then transferred to Kulub in early March on its way from Japan to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. It was freed on December 7 and now under escort.
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An official from the IGP&L (International Group of P&I Clubs) which is coordinating action between the pirates and the insurance company, arrived in Riyadh on March 8 to discuss matters with the Jeddah-based International Bunkering Company (IBCO) which owns the Saudi ship Al-Nisr Al-Saudi,”Somali pirates who hijacked the Saudi ship Al-Nisr Al-Saudi on March 1 have said they will not harm the vessel's crew. The shipping company had established contact with the pirates through satellite communication
The Sri Lankans are Jacob Xavier, Venis Robinson Parceloan, Hewa Pathage Ranga Jayasinghe, Wijemuni Elmo, Ansalam Soyza, Selvarasa Rajavel, Balakrishnan Jayarajan, Robert Joseph, Kanagasabapathy Thusyananthan, Arumai Sekeram, Basil Rajah, Lakshmikanthan Gajenthiran , Arockiasamy Pillai, Britto Lawrence, Saverimuttu Atputharajah and Rajagopal Jeyakumar.
The ship’s captains is Georgios Skalimis, a Greek.

The decision to send its coastal tankers abroad was an attempt to solve a long-standing problem of coping with a seasonal slump in demand for the coastal tankers in summer. In Apr. 2006, the company started West Coast India/Pakistan and Middle East Trading as tramp service which was taken over from Tokyo office to pursue business efficiency.

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