|MT Kalamos (2015-02-20 08:35) off Port Elizabeth destination Cochin [IN]|
The captain and chief engineer of oil-supply ship C-Retriever were released after an unspecified ransom was paid [November3] Third-party negotiators are in contact with the kidnappers and the U.S. government has no plans to intervene.
The captain and an engineer were taken away from an offshore supply vessel during an attack October 23 in international waters off the Gulf of Guinea, said a U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the information.
They were working the Agbami Field for Chevron, working with Pacific Bora. This is the second time this has happened to this vessel. The two were kidnapped from the U.S.-flagged C-Retriever, a 222-foot ship owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Louisiana, the official said. The vessel and 11 other members of the crew were released and the two hostages were believed taken to shore in Nigeria. the closest military vessel was a Dutch navy ship in the Gulf of Guinea with 90 U.S. Marines aboard as part of an Africa training mission.
An international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa on Aug. 30.
C-Retriever, Edison Chouest Offshore
Name: C Retriever
Vessel type: Multi Purpose Offshore Vessel
Gross tonnage: 2,092 tons
Summer DWT: 3,286 tons
Home port: Galliano La