Posted on December 20, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis

The crew of the Pomerania Sky, the Libyan-flagged containership that was attacked in late October by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, has been finally released.

The Polish ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement confirming the release of the 8 Poles that were in captivity over the last two months.

"From the very beginning, the matter was dealt with by the interministerial team headed by the deputy minister of foreign affairs, and we are glad that the release took place before Christmas. We would like to remind you that it was 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 work on a ship in a dangerous region of the world."

On the 27th of October the containership “Pomerania Sky” was en route from Angola to the Nigerian port of Omme when it was attacked by pirates.

The ship was approximately 60 miles off the coast of Nigeria when two motorboats approached the vessel.

The ship master managed to send a warning signal before the pirates got onboard, at which point they took the crew of the vessel, eight Poles, a Ukrainian and two Filipinos, captive.

Nine crew members remained onboard the vessel and managed to get the ship safely to port.

Since the abduction of the seafarers, the company had been in negotiations with the pirates in order to facilitate their safe return. 

The success of these negotiations led to the release of all detained members of the crew by the pirates.

Upon release, the hostages were taken to a Nigerian medical centre where first aid was administered to the weary seafarers.

In a few days, they will be flying to Poland via a scheduled flight in order to spend Christmas with their friends and family.


Image Courtesy of Fleet Monitor

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