Abu Sayyaf releases kidnapped Indonesian crew

Abu Sayyaf releases kidnapped Indonesian crew

Ten Indonesian seafarers were released yesterday after more than a month in captivity with Abu Sayyaf.

The Philippine militant group captured the crew from Indonesian tug Brahma 12 on March 28. The owner of the vessel, Patria Maritime Lines, had earlier agreed to pay the $1m ransom fee.

The seafarers are said to be in good health and have been taken to a military camp while arrangements are bring made to repatriate them to Indonesia.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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