Somalis release hijacked tanker

Somali pirates who hijacked a UAE-controlled product tanker on Monday have released it without getting a ransom for the eight Sri Lankan crewmembers hijacked.

The news comes hours after gunfire was exchanged between naval forces and parties linked to the pirates.

The hijacking created headlines across the world as the first pirate attack by Somalis since 2012.

The IMO has warned ship operators to be on high alert and obey maritime security rules when transiting the area.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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