Abducted Swire Pacific OSV crew released

Singapore offshore vessel operator Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) has confirmed the release of all the seven crew members of the Pacific Warden abducted offshore the coast of Equatorial Guinea on 20 November, after 31 days in captivity.

The anchor handling tug supply vessel was attacked by pirates while it was  supporting offshore field operations in Equatorial Guinea. Seven of fifteen crew onboard were taken by the attackers.

The crews have received the medical checks and have all now returned to their home.

“I would like to recognise our crew members and their families for the extraordinary courage, resilience and patience  they demonstrated throughout this ordeal. We are relieved that it has been possible for the crew to be reunited with their families in time for the Christmas and year-end holidays, and SPO will continue to provide them with our full support in recovering from the trauma of the event,” said Managing Director, SPO, Peter Langslow.

Last week, 19 crew memember, which were kidnapped by pirates from VLCC Nave Constellation off Nigeria, were also released.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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