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Kidnapped crew from Bulgarian general cargo vessel released by pirates

All of the crew who were kidnapped by pirates from the 1982-built 11,900 dwt general cargo vessel Stevia have been released, according to an update provided by maritime safety consultancy Ambrey.

The vessel, operated by Bulgarian company Naviborn, was attacked on December 16 while it was sailing near Brass Offshore Terminal of Nigeria. Eight crewmembers, six Ukrainian nationals and two Albanian nationals, were kidnapped from the vessel.

According to Ambrey, the crew have been released at the Bayelsa State of Nigeria.

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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