Pirates Release Nine Seafarers Kidnapped from Bulk Carrier Off Benin

MT Bonita
MT Bonita. Photo courtesy J.J. Ugland

Pirate in the Gulf of Guinea have released nine seafarers kidnapped from a J.J. Ugland bulk carrier last month off the coast of Benin.

The nine Filipino seafarers, including the captain, were abducted from the Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita as it was awaiting discharge at an anchorage on November 2nd. Following the attack, the ship’s remaining crew members notified the authorities and the vessel was docked in Cotonou.

J.J. Ugland confirmed that the seafarers were released in Nigeria after 35 day in captivity. The seafarers are reportedly in good health, but were undergoing medical evaluations in Manila and all have been cleared be repatriated.

“We are truly happy that the nine crewmembers are now reunited with their families and have their wellbeing at heart. I would on behalf of the company like to sincerely thank all parties that have contributed to resolving this difficult situation,” said Øystein Beisland, president of J.J. Ugland.