Crew of Swiss bulker freed after kidnapping off Nigeria last month

Twelve crewmembers kidnapped from a Swiss ship off Nigeria last month have been freed, Swiss judicial officials said on Sunday.

Negotiations between the owner Massoel Shipping and the kidnappers of the Glarus bulk carrier led to the release of seven Filipinos, a Bosnian, a Croatian, a Romanian, a Slovenian and a Ukrainian, all of whom were then flown to Switzerland.

The bulk carrier was boarded on September 22 in the Gulf of Guinea off Nigeria’s Bonny Island. The twelve crew were taken and most of the vessel’s communications equipment was destroyed.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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