The 15 sailors who have been kidnapped off the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday are in good well being, Turkish transport firm says.
Pirates who kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish-crewed container ship within the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday have made their first contact with the transport firm to debate a ransom, Turkish state media reported on Thursday.
“Communication has been established with crew members of the Mozart container ship,” Istanbul-based Boden Shipping, which supplies technical administration providers for the vessel, was quoted as saying by state-owned Anadolu information company.
“Information has been obtained that all 15 crew members are in good health, not wounded and together,” it stated.
The firm didn’t say whether or not a ransom demand was made however declared it will make no additional assertion to be able to shield the “security and health” of the crew and their households.
One sailor, an Azerbaijani citizen, was killed within the raid whereas these kidnapped are from Turkey, in response to the respective governments and a crew listing seen by the Reuters information company.
The physique of the slain sailor, Farman Ismayilov, was retrieved when the ship he had served on docked in close by Gabon following the assault. It was airlifted from Gabon’s capital Libreville to Istanbul, after which to the Azerbaijani capital Baku by Turkish Airlines.
Accounts from the crew, relations and safety sources described a classy and well-orchestrated assault on Saturday during which armed pirates boarded the ship and breached its protecting citadel, probably with explosives.
The Liberian-flagged vessel Mozart was travelling to Cape Town from Lagos when it was attacked 160 kilometres (100 miles) off Sao Tome island on Saturday, maritime experiences confirmed.
Following the assault, Mozart anchored on the close by Port-Gentil, Gabon on Sunday, however with solely three of its surviving crew members on board.
According to experiences, the pirates disabled a lot of the ship’s methods, leaving solely the navigation system for the remaining crew to search out their technique to the port.
The three Turkish crew members are in good situation, stated Turkey’s embassy within the Gabonese capital, Libreville.
Turkey is doing every part it could possibly to get again the 15 kidnapped sailors, although the pirates haven’t made any contact with officers, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Monday.
The Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon – is probably the most harmful sea on the earth due to piracy, in response to the International Maritime Bureau.
In July 2019, 10 Turkish seamen have been kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria. They have been launched lower than a month later.