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Ship in Guyana-Venezuela dispute released

October 19, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Texas company that chartered the oil research ship seized by Venezuela’s navy a week ago in disputed waters says the vessel and its crew have been released.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. spokesman John Christiansen said the Panamanian-flagged Teknik Perdana departed Friday from its anchorage off Venezuela’s Margarita Island. He did not say where it was headed.

Five Americans and a number of Russians and Indonesians are among the 36 crew members. Christiansen said all were treated well by the Venezuelans.

Earlier in the day, Venezuela and Guyana said they agreed to talks on the decades-long border dispute that prompted the detention in disputed waters.

Diplomats from both countries met Thursday night in Trinidad on the matter.

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