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MV EMS RIVER Released from Pirate Control

Crew members are well and unharmed The MV EMS RIVER, which was pirated on 27 December 2010, was released from pirate control on 1 March 2011.The Antigua/Barbuda flagged and German owned vessel was on her way to San Nicolas, Greece from Jebel Ali in the UAE at the time of the attack.According to the owner of the vessel, all crew members are well and unharmed.Source: EU NAVFOR

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China, Greece vow to enhance shipping co-op

Cooperation in harbor construction, shipping and marine technology China and Greece on Wednesday vowed to enhance cooperation in harbor construction, shipping and marine technology.The pledge was made during a meeting between Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang and Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Ioannis Diamantidis.Zhang said the two countries have carried out good cooperation in these areas, which is in their common interest. He hoped the two sides would strengthen exchanges and deepen cooperation in these areas.Diamantidis said Greece attached high importance to its relationship with China. The Greek government and the shipping sector want to maintain close cooperation with the Chinese side, and consolidate their substantial cooperation in harbor construction and marine technology, he said.Source: Xinhua

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Two Greek sailors were killed and a Cypriot critically injured by huge waves

The ship sailed from Tallinn, Estonia and was heading for Houston, Texas Two Greeksailors were killed and a Cypriot critically injured when huge waves hit them out on deck in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, according to the Cyprus Search and Rescue Coordination Centre.At about 3.25pm, the Cyprus centre was informed by the Greek Pireaus Search and Rescue Centre that the Aegean Angel tanker, carrying a cargo of fuel to the US, got caught up in rough seas, resulting in the death of the 47-year-old Greek captain and 33-year-old chief engineer while 34-year-old Cypriot first mate sustained serious injuries to his face and chest.The ship, owned by Greek company Arcadia Shipmanagement, sailed from Tallinn, Estonia and was heading for Houston, Texas at around 800 miles from Bermuda when it sailed into bad weather with winds of beaufort force eight.Reports suggest the ship, which is being diverted to Bermuda, did not suffer any damage.Source: Cyprus Search and Rescue Coordination Centre

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