Following the kidnapping of 15 crewmembers onboard the Maltese-flagged tanker MT DAVIDE B, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Philippines said efforts are in progress to secure the safe release of the crew.
To remind, the chemical tanker was about 213 nm South of Cotonou, Benin, with 21 crew members onboard, including Ukrainian, Romanian and Philippine nationals, when a total of 15 crew members were kidnapped.
In fact, the MT Davide B was en route from Riga, Latvia, to Lagos, Nigeria, when attacked by 9 armed individuals.
According to local media sources, families have been informed and the efforts are under way to secure the crew members’ safe release.
As DFA Executive Director for Strategic Communications Ivy Banzon-Abalos noted, ship manager of vessel made contact with the 15 kidnapped crew members.
Reports quoting De Poli Ship management confirmed that the crew were together and “doing well under the difficult circumstances.”
Following the situation, the Italy-based De Poli Shipmanagement expressed its commitment to do everything possible in order to secure the earliest and safe release of its seafarers, which remains its “overriding priority.”
Reports also indicated that the company had been in touch with the families of the kidnapped seafarers and had provided them with updates on the situation.