NIMASA DG orders rescue of crew abducted on Polish vessel

 The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro has directed that a rescue mission be embarked on to release the Captain and four crew members who were abducted from a Polish cargo vessel off Nigeria’s coast.

A statement at the weekend by the Head of Public Relations of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka disclosed this, adding that 11 of the crew members were left on the vessel after the abduction.

The vessel MV SZAFIR operating under the Cyprus flag was reportedly attacked on Friday, Nov. 27, 2017, approximately seven nautical miles east of Brass at about 0149 hours local time.

Registered with IMO No.9004504, the vessel which is owned by Voltaire Shipping Company and operated by Euroafrica Services Nigeria Limited had a total of 16 crew members and was enroute Onne port from Antwerp before it was attacked.

The vessel which has been rescued by NIMASA is currently being sailed to Onne port under the Nigerian Navy escort for protection and further investigation.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Navy and other security Agencies have commenced a spirited search for the abducted crew with a view to freeing them and bringing the perpetrators of the abduction to book, the statement read.