Pirates free Greek ship, mostly Filipino crew

Somali pirates freed aGreek-owned cargo ship Monday and its 22-member crew held sinceNovember after receiving a ransom payment, officials in Greece said.

Acoast guard statement said the Filitsa was heading for the Kenyan portof Mombasa along with its crew— three Greeks, 18 Filipinos and aRomanian. 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.

TheMarshall Islands-flagged vessel was seized Nov. 11 in the Gulf of Aden,while carrying a cargo of fertilizer from Kuwait to the harbor ofDurban in South Africa.