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MV Dover released by Somali pirates after ransom dropped at sea

MV Dover a Panamanian flagged, Greek owned vessel was released on Saturday 29 September after its 23 crew members had suffered almost seven months of torment at the hands of Somali Pirates.

The vessel was hijacked on the 28 February only four days after the Danish Johansen family and two crew members on board sailing yacht Ing were hijacked by the same pirate group.

February also saw the fatal killing of four American yacht crew on board sailing yacht Quest during a stand off with the US Navy and US Special Forces  six days prior to the hijacking of SY Ing.

The pirate gang used MV Dover to house the Danish crew of SY Ing for their duration in captivity.  The pirates had initially requested a $10 million ransom for both the MV Dover and the Danes but are believed to have settled for $4 million ransom for the ship’s release coupled with a $3.5 million ransom for the release of the Danish Johansen family from Kalundborg, 75 miles west of Copenhagen earlier in September.

It is believed that the unusually high ransom for the release of the Danish family may place other private yachts and cruising sailors at higher risk in the future.