Freed Faina ship to dock at Mombasa port

12:45, 09 February 2009
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Either later this afternoon or early Tuesday

The Ukrainian ship freed by Somali pirates is expected to dock Mombasa port early this week, Kenyan maritime officials said on Monday, according to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

The Kenyan-bound MV Faina which was seized in September last year was released last Thursday for 3.2 million U.S. dollar ransom and is loaded with 33 tanks and other weapons.

The maritime official said the 17 crew members had received medical aid from the US navy and were well.

"The ship is sailing on Kenyan waters and is expected to dock Mombasa port either later this afternoon or early Tuesday. All crew members are said to be safe and in high spirits," a Kenyan maritime official who declined to be named has said.

The official said the MV Faina had to refuel and take on fresh supplies for the trip to Mombasa.

The ship owner`s spokesman, Mikhail Voitenko, said a ransom was paid to about 100 pirates on board the MV Faina.

Russian media reported that the ransom was dropped on the ship from an aircraft.

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

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