Somali pirates freed a
Greek-owned cargo ship Monday and its 22-member crew held since
November after receiving a ransom payment, officials in Greece said.
coast guard statement said the Filitsa was heading for the Kenyan port
of Mombasa along with its crew— three Greeks, 18 Filipinos and a
Romanian. Officials said the crew members were all in good health.
The ship's owner, Order Shipping, confirmed that a ransom had been paid but refused to declare the sum.
Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was seized Nov. 11 in the Gulf of Aden,
while carrying a cargo of fertilizer from Kuwait to the harbor of
Durban in South Africa.