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.