VLCC crew released

Feb 27 2015

Two Greek crew members and a Pakistani seafarer, taken hostage three weeks ago off the Nigerian coast in an attack on the VLCC ‘Kalamos’ , have been freed.

Aeolos Management said in a statement on Wednesday that pending medical examinations the three men would be flown home to recover from their "traumatic experience."

The company said that no details would be released on how the three men were freed, since "this might encourage further attacks and hostage taking" off West Africa.

It expressed its "great sadness" over the death of the vessel`s Chief Officer in the 3rd February attack in the Gulf of Guinea.

At the time, the VLCC was anchored and waiting to load for China at Qua Iboe oil terminal operated by ExxonMobil when it was boarded by the pirates.

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