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Manx tanker released by pirates

A Manx-owned chemical tanker seized by Somalian pirates has been freed, after a multi-million dollar ransom was paid.

The MT Bow Asir is owned by Star Tankers Ltd, a company registered in St George's Court in Upper Church Street, Douglas.

It was taken over three weeks ago by a group of up to 18 pirates off the coast of Somalia.

The 23,000 tonne Bow Asir has a crew of 27 and is managed by Norway's Salhus Shipping.

A spokesman for Salhus says the vessel has been released, but has given no further details.

However, pirate sources in Somalia say they were paid $2.4 million in ransom money and have released the vessel.

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