Svitzer Korsakov Released

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Mar 192008

Agence France-Presse reports the release of the Danish-registered tug Svitzer Korsakov and its crew 46 days after it was hijacked by Somali pirates. It is understood that a ransom of some $700,000 was paid.

The vessel was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden on 1st February 2008.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports: “The Irish chief engineer has been named as 68-year-old father-of-four Fred Parle who is said to have come out of retirement to do one last job, delivering the 115-foot Korsakov from St Petersburg to Sakhalin Island, between north-west Japan and Russia, where it would have been servicing the oil and gas fields. ”

Denmark’s maritime authority has yet to announce whether it will independently investigate the incident as it did the Danica White.