9 Aug 2009

Freed ship docks in Kenya

8:51 am on 9 August 2009

A German container ship held by Somali pirates for four months arrived at the port of Mombasa in Kenya on Saturday after payment of a ransom of $US2.7 million.

The 20,000-tonne Hansa Stavanger was hijacked on 4 April about 650km off the Somali port of Kismayu with 24 crew aboard. All were reported to be in good health on Saturday.

The ship, which is owned by Leonardt & Blumberg of Hamburg, was freed on Monday.