Mark Portelli, chairman of the Malta Maritime Authority, said that "the only material the ship was carrying and had on board was timber.
With the long running saga drawing to a close, we can safely say that the ship will now be treated in the same manner as any other commercial vessel".
added that proceedings against the alleged hijackers will fall under Russian jurisdiction.
"Furthermore throughout the whole saga Malta enjoyed total collaboration with Russian authorities, and any information that was released during the whole course of events was mainly from Russian personnel.
There is no reason whatsoever to believe that there is anything secret in the whole saga," said Mr Portelli