FWN Rapide crew released by Nigerian pirates

The 11 hostages held onboard the Dutch ship FWN Rapide have been released by Nigerian pirates after a month in captivity. Splash understands a ransom was paid. The seafarers’ release was relayed by their shipmanager ForestWave yesterday.

The ship was attacked near Port Harcourt on April 21.

“The crew are currently on their way to be reunited with their loved ones. We are extremely pleased to have been conveying this good news to all the families and friends of our seafarers,” ForestWave said in a release.

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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