22 crew members who were kidnapped by pirates in Benin have been released.
A major search was underway yesterday after officials lost contact with the Marine Express, on Thursday 1st February.
After intitial suspicions, it has now been confirmed that the ship and crew were taken hostage
An ARX report yesterday about the incident described Benin and The Gulf of Guinea as one of the most prolific areas for piracy in the world.
Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, which was managing the ship, said in a statement:
“All crew members are reported to be safe and well and the cargo remains on board”
The Gulf of Guinea has become an increasing target for pirates who steal cargo and demand ransoms, even as piracy incidents fall worldwide.
Ships in the area were the target of a series of piracy-related incidents last year, and a similar hijacking happened less than a month ago with MT Barrett in the same area.
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