The Faina, a ship recently freed by Somali pirates, will arrive at the Kenyan port of Mombasa no earlier than Thursday, the Ukrainian president's press secretary Iryna Vannykova said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"According to the preliminary reports, constantly received by the Ukrainian president, the ship has completed most of the journey, however, sailing conditions slightly worsened due to the influence of ocean currents, therefore, the Faina will arrive no earlier than noon of February 12, 2009," president's press service reported on Tuesday.

Vannykova said that a U.S. warship from the Fifth Fleet of the U.S. Navy is accompanying the ship on its way to the port.

"The sailors received a long-standing opportunity to have a daily contact with their families, which has had a positive effect on their morale," she said.


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