Pirates agree to release the vessel Ariana with nikolayevets onboard for $3,5 million

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The Somali pirates agreed to receive repayment of $3,5 million for release of the Greek Ariana bulk ship with the Ukrainian crew onboard, reports Reuters.

As the pirate Hassan from the coastal city of Haradkhir (the Somali port, one of bases of pirates phoned. - Infox.ru), they will release a vessel in 48 hours or even earlier, depending on when will receive money.

"We agreed to take repayment in $3,5 million. We wait for money", - he told. The pirate specified that the crew of a vessel is in safety.

"We have to go down from the ship in the next 48 hours, if not earlier. It happens as soon as we will receive cash. Team in safety and negotiations are ended though it took a lot of time. "

The Greek Ariana bulk carrier under the flag of Malta with 24 seamen - Ukrainians, inhabitants of Odessa and Nikolaev, was onboard captured by pirates on the night of May 2, 2009 during transportation of 35 thousand tons of soy from Brazil to Iran. The shipowner can't agree with pirates who demand for a vessel of 3 million dale.

Relatives of the Ukrainian seamen - crew members of the vessel "Ariana" call the Ukrainian authorities, the shipowner and world community to accelerate vessel and crew release from piracy captivity.

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