Two Bourbon Ofshore crew abducted off Nigeria freed

Bourbon Offshore has announced that the two crew members abducted from Bourbon Liberty 251 off Nigeria last month have been released.

The company said the two crew, a Nigerian and a Russian, are in good health. No further information was provided.

The news comes just a day after the Russian embassy in Nigeria denied reports that the Russian crew member abducted was killed by the pirates in the attack.

A government crackdown on oil theft is fuelling the notable increase in kidnapping and sabotage attacks in the Niger Delta as regional militant gangs move away from oil theft as their preferred source of revenue.


Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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