The owner of the hijacked Fair Artemis, Fairdeal Group, has confirmed its vessel has been released. The owner managed to contact the vessel yesterday in the night. All cargo of gas oil on board the tanker has been stolen but the 24 crew members are all unharmed.
John Gray, director of the owner's fleet, said:
"We have spoken to the captain of the vessel and are delighted to say that everyone on board is safe.
"The families and appropriate authorities have been contacted."
He did not reveal any further details.
“More details of events will undoubtedly become clear. So far we can say that the ship was boarded by a number of pirates, who have stolen the cargo and other items on the vessel," he added.
The Fair Artemis disappeared a week ago in the Gulf of Guinea, off Accra (Ghana).