Somali pirates released 4 South Korean sailors including master, m/t Gemini crew

Dec 01 2012 - South Korean officials say Somali pirates have released South Korean seamen from m/t Gemini (including master of the vessel), whom they had held for 19 months, after the payment of a ransom. A South Korean foreign ministry official said on Dec 1 2012 the ministry had assisted in ransom talks between the ship's owner and the pirates, but declined to say how much had been paid for their release. The men are now on board a South Korean navy ship.
The vessel’s release news:
On Nov 30 2011 pirates released product tanker Gemini against a ransom, with 21 crew, but kept 4 South Korean from originally 25 crew as hostages, including master of the vessel. Pirates said they keep South Korean sailors as hostages, because they are seeking an extra ransom for them from South Korea as a compensation for 13 pirates killed and arrested by South Korean Navy during the storm of hijacked South Korean tanker Samho Jewelry on January 21 2011. Pirates demand for the release of 4 sailors $4 million. As for m/t Gemini ransom, Somalia Report mentions $6 million and $4,05 million sums, both figures given by pirates or close to pirates sourced, so everything is as usual, and what’s the real sum, we don’t know.
Hijack report:
April 30 2011 - Product tanker Gemini hijacked 200 nm SSE off Mombasa Kenya. Vessel was attacked at 0403 UTC April 30 in 07 01S 041 22E, on the way from Kuala Tanjung in Indonesia to Mombasa with 28,000 tons of crude palm oil from Indonesia. Chemical tanker Gemini IMO 8412352, dwt 29870, built 1986, flag Singapore, manager Glory Ship Management Pte Ltd, Singapore. Crew 25 – 13 Indonesians, 5 Chinese, 4 S Koreans, 3 Myanmar.
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