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5 kidnapped seamen freed, 7 still in captivity

May 13, 2013 at 23:36 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Crew of City of Xiamen freed in Nigeria on 11 May, 2013

Emden, May 13, 2013

Sunship Schiffahrtskontor KG confirms that the all of its five crew members who were abducted during the boarding of the City of Xiamen off the coast of Nigeria, on 26 April 2013, were released on 11th Mai 2013.

After the release all the crew members, who are 4 Polish and 1 Russian citizens, were looked after by company representatives in Nigeria and were undergoing medical check-ups. Despite difficult conditions while in captivity, they are in good health. They already returned to their own countries and reunited with their families.

Sunship Schiffahrtskontor KG

Presumably, ransom was paid for releasing seamen, but of course, no details are available.

7 seamen remain in pirates captivity – 4 crew from boxship Hansa Marburg, and 3 crew of the hijacked offshore passenger boat Utai 8.

City of Xiamen

German boxship City of Xiamen attacked by pirates at around 22:00 LT Apr 25 13 in approximate position 03 48N 005 54E (some 36 nautical miles south of Brass), while en route from Lome, Togo, to Onne, Nigeria. A distress call on Channel 16 VHF was intercepted by one of the vessels in the area, City of Xiamen reported being pursued by two speed boats. Vessel was attacked by 14 pirates, crew hided in citadel, but pirates broke in and hijacked the Master, Chief Officer, Chief engineer, 2nd and 3rd engineers.

Crew boat Utai 8

Offshore speed crew boat Utai 8 is missing in Nigerian waters, contact lost since 09:00 LT Apr 25 13, last known position 03 50N 006 00E, some 30 nautical miles south of Brass. Boat was en route to Port Harcourt with 3 crew on board and no passengers. Boat is hijacked by pirates for the purpose of using it as a mother-ship. Offshore speed crew boat Utai 8, MMSI 657606000, length 19 meters, flag Nigeria.

Boxship Hansa Marburg

German boxship Hansa Marburg attacked by Nigerian pirates at 00:20 LT Apr 23 13 in position 02 35N 006 52E, some 108 nautical miles south of Bonny, see map. Pirates boarded the vessel and hijacked 4 crew. Reportedly, four hijacked crew include 1 Kiribati nationality, 1 Russian and 2 Ukrainians. No other details available.

  5 kidnapped seamen freed, 7 still in captivity

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