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Reefer Frio Athens manned by Ukrainian crew

May 7, 2013 at 09:57 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Maritime Bulletin received a letter from crewing company which manned reefer Frio Athens:

With regards to the situation with Frio Athens:

Our company, Joint Greece – Ukraine crewing company “Seafarers Training Center” manned the vessel in question, all crew is Ukrainian. Vessel was attacked and fired upon by pirates. Thanks to Master and the crew, vessel managed to avoid pirates, nobody was hurt. Crewing company is in constant touch with the operator. Operator is doing everything possible to provide a safe passage of the vessel. Presently, vessel is maneuvering in accordance with operator’s orders.

Comment:

Let’s hope actual situation fits the information providing by crewing company, vessel and crew are safe and pirates were thwarted. Still, the question remains unanswered – whay such stranhe movements, why vessel was adrift, why vessel didn’t steam to Port Harcourt immediatelt after the attack. Vessel was to arrive to Port Harcourt at 0000 May 4.

Such is the situation in Gulf of Guinea, that no one can be trusted except the crews. all other parties, including shipowners, are interested in hiding the truth.

Meanwhile, one more attack took place on May 6 at around 01:10 LT some 25 nautical miles south of Lome, Togo. An unknown vessel was attacked, but managed to avoid pirates boarding, and escaped.

Voytenko Mikhail

Full story at: http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/380/Frio-Athens-still-under-pirates-control-No-contacts-yet-with-City-of-Xiamen-crew

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