Somali sea gangs release Greek – owned freighter after air-drop payment made

Using sophisticated speedboats with automatic weapons, armed Somali pirates who seized a Panama-registered cargo ship, Navios Apollon before two months have in the end released the hijacked vessel in their hands on Saturday evening after an unnamed sum of ransom had been air-dropped onto the deck of the vessel according to the local sources.

The seizure of the bulk carrier occurred about 800 miles off the Somali coast north of the Seychelles on its way to India with a cargo of fertilizer sailing from the United States . The Greek owned vessel was snatched on 28th December last year

It was confirmed that the last pirate had disembarked from the ship before the sunrise broke and it is now heading to safe waters with the escort of two warships. it is believed that it is on its way to Oman .

An unspecified amount of money was air-dropped on to the ship as a ransom, a member of Somali sea gangs said.

All crew members 19 in number, one Greek, the vessel’s captain and 18 Filipinos are safe, as the reliable sources suggest. The Greek firm, Navios Ship Management has secured the release of its vessel but left the amount paid unsaid to mention