Posted on January 31, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The six kidnapped crew members of the MSC Mandy have been released from captivity.
According to Russian media, the seafarers were released after a month-long negotiation between the pirates and MSC.
The 2668 TEU Panama-flagged containership, was originally attacked and boarded on the 2nd of January while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea, some 55 nautical miles south of Cotonou, Benin.
The vessel had sailed from Togo and was bound for Lagos at the time of the incident.
According to the Russian Embassy in Nigeria, the vessel had a crew of 24 seafarers aboard, 23 of which were Russian nationals.
Six seafarers were taken, including the Captain of the MSC Mandy.
The remaining crewmembers managed to safely sail the ship to Lagos, Nigeria.
The company has tried to keep a low-profile in regards to their on-going negotiations with the pirates.
There hasn’t been an official response from MSC yet as to the release of the crew.
Authorities in Benin have opened a criminal case against the attackers.