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Singapore-registered vessel released after hijacking off Nigerian coast

All 25 crew on the Safmarine Kuramo have been released, and the vessel secured, after it was hijacked off the Nigerian Coast on Friday night.

SINGAPORE: The Safmarine Kuramo, a Singapore-registered container vessel, has been released after it was hijacked off the Nigerian Coast. 

In a press release on Saturday (Feb 6), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that the vessel was hijacked at about 8.06pm (Singapore time) on Friday night. At the time of the incident, the crew was proceeding from Pointe Noire, Congo, to Port Onne, Nigeria.

The Nigerian authorities secured the release of the crew and the vessel on Saturday at 1.20am (Singapore time).

All crew members were reported to be safe. There were 25 crew members, comprising nationals from the Philippines, South Africa, India, United Kingdom and Thailand. There were no Singaporeans on board the vessel, said MPA.

Safmarine Kuramo is managed by Maersk Line. MPA said that as Flag State, it worked with Maersk Line on the safety of the crew and vessel.