Polish crew released by Nigerian pirates

Poland’s prime minister Beata Syzdlo has announced that the Polish crew kidnapped in November off Nigeria are on their way home.

“Everything ended happily. The sailors are safe and sound, we are glad that they are coming back to their families,” Szydlo said yesterday.

Pirates attacked the Cyprus-registered  Szafir operated by EuroAfrica two weeks ago, taking its master and four seafarers hostage.

Another ship was attacked in a similar location in late October with four seafarers taken hostage, two of whom remain captured six weeks on.

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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