Fair Artemis freed

A Greek tanker that lost contact with its owner last week has been released from pirate control off West Africa.

Owner Fairdeal Group said the 12,800-dwt Fair Artemis (built 2008) made contact again on Wednesday night.

The cargo of gasoil has been stolen, but all 24 crew are safe.

The tanker had been missing for a week off Ghana.

The owner's fleet director John Gray said: "We have spoken to the captain of the vessel and are delighted to say that everyone on board is safe.

"The families and appropriate authorities have been contacted."

He added: “More details of events will undoubtedly become clear. 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."

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