x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Pirates release two ships, one from UAE

Somali pirates have released a fuel oil tanker, which was taken en-route from the UAE in March.

Somali pirates have released a fuel oil tanker, which was intercepted en-route from the UAE, and a fishing vessel seized in March, according to a maritime official. "UBT Ocean and Sakoba are both free," Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme said. The UBT Ocean is a Marshall Islands-registered tanker hijacked off Madagascar while carrying fuel oil from the United Arab Emirates to Tanzania.

The FV Sakoba is a fishing vessel that has been operating in Kenyan and Tanzanian waters. *Reuters