kidnapped from the bulk carrier MV Bonita off Cotonou, Benin, early November
have been released, after 35 days in captivity,
Norwegian shipowner J.J. Ugland informed.
6, the seafarers went through medical examinations and were all declared fit
Nigeria, the crew members have now safely arrived in Manila, Philippines, to
reunite with their families and colleagues,” the company said.
headquarters’ in Grimstad, Norway, and other parties have been actively engaged
in the process of bringing the hostages home and have been present both in
Nigeria and the Philippines.”
have not been disclosed.
crew members are now reunited with their families and have their wellbeing at
heart. I would on behalf of the company like to sincerely thank all parties
that have contributed to resolving this difficult situation,” President Øystein
hostage from the bulk carrier in the early morning hours of November 2, while
the vessel was anchored off Cotonou, Benin.
while it was waiting for berth to discharge an inbound cargo of gypsum, a
mineral commonly used as fertiliser, destined for Benin.
industry over the recent spike in piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea. Over
the past month, at least three ships fell victim to piracy, the latest one
resulting in the kidnapping of 19 crew members.
the release of the ill-fated seafarers, who were taken hostage from Nave
Constellation while the tanker was sailing around 100 nautical miles off Bonny
Island, Nigeria on December 3, 2019.
have been urging relevant authorities to allocate all necessary assets to the
region in order to eliminate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and protect the
seafarers sailing through the region.