Pirates Release Free Goddess After Eight Months

Somali pirates have released bulk carrier Free Goddess after holding it for around eight months, and all crew members have been reported safe.

The 1995-built, 22,051 dwt Free Goddess was hijacked off the coast of Oman in early February when it was reportedly carrying 19,475 tonnes of steel cable from Egypt to Singapore.

“All 21 crew members of the Free Goddess are reported safe and well after the vessel’s release by [its] hijackers,” shipowner FreeSeas said in a statement.

“The company wishes to thank all those who have relentlessly worked and contributed towards this positive outcome.”

According to AIS data, the Liberia-flag ship was anchored off the Somali port of Bosaso for a long period before starting to move on October 10.

Greece-based, Nasdaq-listed FreeSeas has a fleet of seven handysize bulk carriers, all trading in the spot market.

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