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Kidnapped Crew of MV Pomerenia Sky freed

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The eleven seafarers who were kidnapped from
MV Pomerenia Sky in October 2018, off the Nigerian coast, have been released,
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland informed.

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“All seafarers, including
eight Poles, two Filipinos and one Ukrainian, are in a safe place and
are waiting to return to their families,”
 a spokesperson of the ministry said.
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The ministry thanked the
shipowner, Germany’s Peter Dohle Schiffahrts, as well as Nigerian
authorities for cooperation on the matter.
“From the very beginning, the matter was
dealt with by the inter-ministerial team headed by the deputy minister of
foreign affairs, and we are glad that the release took place before Christmas,”
 the spokesperson added.
As informed, this is the fifth
kidnapping of Poles in the Gulf of Guinea since 2013.
“We appeal to Polish seafarers to check that
the shipowner has adequate insurance before starting to work on a ship that
operates in a dangerous region of the world,”
 the ministry cautioned.
The terms of the seafarers’ release have not
been disclosed.
As World Maritime News reported, a group of
pirates boarded the containership and seized 11 crew members off Nigeria
early on October 27. The attack reportedly occurred some 60 km off
the coast of Nigeria on the fairway to the port of Bonny.
At the time, the vessel was on its way from
Luanda, Angola to Nigerian port of Onne.
World Maritime News

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