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Swiss bulk carrier attacked - 12 of 19 Crewmembers kidnapped by pirates

Bulk carrier Glarus (27011 gt, built 2001), while transporting wheat between Lagos and Port Harcourt, was boarded by pirates, who kidnapped 12 out of 19 crew members on board, on the evening, Sep 22

Swiss bulk carrier attacked - 12 of 19 Crewmembers kidnapped by pirates
23 September 2018 - 14:07

Bulk carrier Glarus (27011 gt, built 2001), while transporting wheat between Lagos and Port Harcourt, was boarded by pirates, who kidnapped 12 out of 19 crew members on board, on the evening, Sep 22. It is understood the pirate gang boarded Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck to gain access to the vessel and eventually the bridge. Having destroyed much of the vessel?s communications equipment, the criminal gang departed, taking 12 of the 19 crew complement as hostage. All the appropriate authorities have been notified and a pilot and naval officers are currently on-board the vessel at the Bonny inner anchorage. The safety and well -being of those taken hostage is the first and absolute priority of Massoel Shipping and the Company is working with the authorities and specialists to secure the speedy and safe release of those being held. Families are being kept closely informed of the situation. The incident was reported by the Swiss foreign office. It has also been reported that, the Swiss Maritime Navigation Office was in contact with the vessel?s operator. However, no further details are available, as of now. -

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