Update: Kidnapped sailors rescued from Eagle Bulk’s ship Seafarers News

The three seafarers kidnapped in early May from Grebe Bulker, a bulk carrier managed by Eagle Bulk Ship Management Singapore, have been rescued, the company confirmed.

Illustration/Stamford Eagle; Photo credit Eagle Bulk Shipping

The ship was boarded by pirates on May 2, 2023 in the inner anchorage of the port of Owendo, Gabon, after arriving at the port from Nigeria. The ship had 20 crew members on board before the hijacking. Based on the company’s initial report, the ship was searched and local port authorities notified after crew members were found missing.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. is pleased to announce the safe return of the three sailors abducted by the M/V GREBE BULKER on May 2, 2023 while the ship was anchored in the Port of Owendo, Gabon. The crew members are currently receiving a medical examination and will be repatriated and reunited with loved ones in a few days“, according to a company statement.

Since the incident, Eagle Bulk has worked closely with the relevant authorities, professional advisors and our employees who have all contributed to the resolution of this situation and we are extremely grateful for their collective support.

Eagle Bulk did not disclose the terms of their crew members’ release. However, it is common for hijackers to demand ransom from shipowners for the safe return of their seafarers.

The latest incident is the third recent incident of ship hijacking in the region, highlighting the need for increased vigilance and added security on ships.

“We would like to thank our three colleagues for the strength and fortitude they have shown during this ordeal over the past 18 days. We also want to give a special thank you to their families for their resilience and patience during this extremely difficult time.” Gary Vogelsaid the CEO of Eagle Bulk.

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