The Houston 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.
A spokesman for Anadarko Petroleum says the Panamanian-flagged Teknik Perdana departed Friday from its anchorage off Venezuela's Margarita Island. He did not say where it was headed.
The ship's Ukrainian captain was charged with violating Venezuela's exclusive economic zone but allowed to leave with the rest of the crew.
Two College Station-based employees of the firm TDI-Brooks International are among five total American citizens on board the ship.