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Somali pirates end 10-month hijack of MT Polar

Somali pirates have released a Greek-owned tanker that had been held for 10 months.

Paradise Navigation, which is based in Athens, said the MT Polar oil tanker was on its way to a safe port but declined to say if it had paid a ransom to secure the ship?s release.

?This was a long and extremely distressing hijack for all the families involved and those in the company trying to secure their release.?

The company also complained that the international community is not doing enough to stop piracy.

?Owners and managers find it unacceptable that they were virtually left unaided to deal with these criminal acts on the high seas.?

One seaman died of a stroke three weeks after the ship was seized in the Indian Ocean but the remaining 23 crew members were said to be well.