Somali pirates release a hijacked oil super tanker

A Saudi oil super tanker that was seized by Somali pirates in the world’s biggest ever...

Somali pirates have released the hijacked supertanker Sirius Star. The Saudi-owned crude carrier was hijacked by Somali pirates November 15, 2008. Picture: William S. Stevens/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

A Saudi oil super tanker that was seized by Somali pirates in the world’s biggest ever ship hijacking last year was finally released.

The pirates said a $3m ransom was paid to them.

The Sirius Star was now moving away from the coast with its 25 crew reported to be safe.

The super tanker was seized almost two months ago, carrying $100m worth of oil. Its captors initially demanded a $25m ransom.

The incident sparked panic in international shipping and spurred the world into tougher anti-piracy action.