Kidnapped crew members of the oil tanker Monjasa Reformer found safe after several weeks in captivity

The owner of the Liberian-flagged oil tanker Monjasa Reformer recently issued a press release announcing that the six crew members who were kidnapped on Saturday 25 March 2023 at 22:39 on board the vessel, while it was 140 nautical miles west of Pointe-Noire (Congo), have been found safe and sound.

According to the statement, “all the recovered crew members are in relatively good health given the difficult circumstances they have been experiencing over the past five weeks. They have all undergone medical examinations and are now being repatriated to their home countries to be reunited with their families.

Monjasa Group CEO Anders Østergaard said in the statement: “We are immensely grateful for the support we have received from our professional advisors, the marines and the authorities, as well as from all those who have helped us resolve this terrible situation.

The statement added: “Looking ahead, Monjasa advocates for safe passage and safe areas in the Gulf of Guinea as part of an international coalition. We will gladly put our experience and knowledge to good use by continuing to work with our partners, authorities and fellow shipowners to create a safe working environment for all seafarers.”