April 27, 2009 / 1:23 PM / 11 years ago

U.S. helps Stolt-Nielsen ship drifting off Somalia

OSLO, April 27 (Reuters) - A vessel belonging to chemical tanker group Stolt-Nielsen (SNI.OL), which has been drifting unprotected off the coast of Somalia for days, has received help from the United States navy, the company said on Monday.

The “MT Stolt Strength” has for the past week been drifting and low on fuel after it was released by Somali captors.

“We are now pleased to report that the ship has received both supplies and fuel from an American naval vessel,” Stolt-Nielsen said in a statement.

“MT Stolt Strength is currently proceeding under her own power to Salalah, Oman, under escort by a Chinese frigate, which will remain in close proximity until they reach port,” Stolt-Nielsen said in a statement.

The vessel was taken by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Nov. 10 last year while on passage from Dakar in Senegal to Kandla in India. (Reporting by Aasa Christine Stoltz; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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