According to Voice Of America:
The head of the East African Seafarers' Association in Mombasa, Kenya, Andrew Mwangura, says negotiations for the release of the $140 million oil tanker and its multi-national crew of 25 have begun. He says he expects the pirates to demand a far higher ransom for the release of the vessel than the $1.2 million the pirates have previously demanded from ship owners. "We are informed that they are already in touch with the ship owner but we do not know who far they [negotiations] have gone," said Mwangura.
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