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M/T Stolt Valor Released by Hijackers
London, England - November 17, 2008 - Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (Oslo B?rs: SNI) today confirmed that M/T Stolt Valor was released yesterday morning by its hijackers, who took control of the ship two months ago. All crew members were unharmed.
M/T Stolt Valor, which is on time charter from Japanese owners to Stolt Tankers B.V. was seized whilst transiting the Gulf of Aden on September 15. Since that time the owners worked continuously with the assistance of the relevant authorities and professional negotiators to secure the release of the vessel and the crew members on board.
The Company, however, remained deeply concerned with the welfare of the crew members of M/T Stolt Strength, also a time-charter ship, which was hijacked on November 11 and continued to be held by the hijackers in the Gulf of Aden.
Stolt Tankers B.V. follows all established and recommended procedures designed to support the safe passage of ships in the region. In addition, the Company is through various membership organisations promoting further action to protect seafarers and trade through the Gulf of Aden.
For further information, please contact:
Jan Chr. Engelhardtsen
U.K. +44 (0) 20 7611 8972
Jens F. Gr?ner-Hegge
U.K. +44 (0) 20 7611 8985
About Stolt-Nielsen S.A.
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (the "Company") is one of the world's leading providers of transportation services for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids, and other specialty liquids. The Company, through the parcel tanker, tank container, terminal, rail and barge services of its wholly owned subsidiaries Stolt Tankers & Terminals and Stolt Tank Containers, provides integrated transportation solutions for its customers. Stolt Sea Farm, wholly owned by the Company, produces and markets high quality turbot, sole, sturgeon and caviar.
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