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Ship in Guyana-Venezuela dispute released

October 19, 2013

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A Texas company that chartered an oil research ship seized by Venezuela’s navy a week ago in disputed waters says the vessel has been released and arrived safely in the Caribbean country of Trinidad.

Peter Tatro, operations director for TDI-Brooks International, said Saturday that the company is trying to get the crew home to their families.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. spokesman John Christiansen says five Americans and a number of Russians and Indonesians are among the 36 crew members aboard the Panamanian-flagged Teknik Perdana, which departed Friday from its anchorage off Venezuela’s Margarita Island.

The ship’s Ukrainian captain was charged with violating Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone but allowed to leave with other crew members.

Venezuela and neighboring Guyana say they’ll hold talks on the border dispute that prompted the detention.

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