Six crew kidnapped off Nigeria coast are released

Three weeks after a piracy attack on container ship Demeter (IMO 9298636), six kidnapped crew members have been released. Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG was said to have negotiated with the pirates, but there was no information as to whether a ransom was paid.

The released crew, including the captain, were kidnapped from Demeter while she was sailing about 50 nm south-west of Bonny, Nigeria on October 21st. An armed group of eight pirates managed to board Demeter after an exchange of fire.

The remaining 12 crew members took the ship to safe waters.

Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG spokesman Cor Radings said that the released seafarers were in good shape and had been returned to their families.

2005-built, Liberia-flagged, 35,881 gt , 3,104 teu Demeter is owned by Puerto Varas Shipping Co, care of manager Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of Puerto Varas Shipping Company Limited.