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Fair Artemis tanker released, cargo stolen

Liberia-flagged oil tanker Fair Artemis, missing for a week off West Africa following a pirate attack has been found emptied of its cargo.

The 12,000 dwt vessel, last reported off Togo at time of writing with crew unharmed, had lost contact with manager Fairdeal Group after sending a distress call off Ghana at 1800 GMT on June 4.

“So far we can say that the ship was boarded by a number of pirates, who have stolen the cargo and other items on the vessel,” said Fairdeal fleet director John Gray. “We have spoken to the captain of the vessel and are delighted to say that everyone on board is safe, and the families and appropriate authorities have been contacted.

“We would like to express our thanks to all the organisations who have worked to help find the vessel and for the support we have received from everyone involved.”

Posted 12 June 2014

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