Following the attack on our vessel (oil tanker MT DUKE) and abduction of 20 crew members on December 15, we can confirm that 19 of the crew members taken hostage were released by the criminal gang holding them.
It is with great regret that we have to report that one valued crew member, an Able Seaman, was evidently taken ill and died shortly after capture.
We are seeking further information from those crew members that have been released and a full investigation will be held into the AB’s demise.
All our sympathies and condolences go out to next of kin, family and friends at this tragic time. The AB’s immediate family have been informed and are being supported.
All the crew who have been released have undergone medical checks and are reported to be well, given the circumstances of their ordeal.
They will be debriefed by the local authorities and then return home to their families with all possible speed where they will continue to receive our full support and counselling.
We ask that the released crew be given privacy as they are reunited with their families and work to fully recover from their time in captivity.
You might also like to read..
- ABS-Approved Sterntube-Less Ship Concept To Save Shipowners Thousands While Keeping Oceans Clean
- Seafarers Win Commitment To Mandatory Internet Access In International Law
- Top 12 Tanker Shipping Companies in the World
- NYK’s First Chief Engineers Successfully Complete NTMA And Internal Training Program
- One Of World’s Largest 24,000TEU Ultra Large Container Carriers Undocked In Shanghai
- Watch: OceanGate’s 2022 Titanic Expedition Document Wreck Of Titanic For Future Generations
- Seafarers’ Unions Agree On New Three-Year Global Minimum Wage ‘Safety Net’ Deal
- What Are Hybrid Ships?
- ONE Inks Shipbuilding Contracts For 10 Very Large Container Ships