Turkish owner establishes contact with pirates who kidnapped crew off Nigeria

Turkish shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik has established first contact with the group of pirates who kidnapped 10 crew from the company’s general cargo ship Paksoy-1 last week.

Turkish local reports citing unnamed sources, who said that the pirates likely prolonged the contact process to keep the amount of ransom high and the bargaining margin wide.

The Turkish government is currently closely monitoring the situation and is in frequent touch with the company.

This month, the International Maritime Bureau described the Gulf of Guinea as the most dangerous area in the world for piracy. It said 73% of all sea kidnappings and 92% of hostage-takings took place in the area.

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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