Papendrecht (The Netherlands) - The “Blue Marlin” a heavy transport vessel belonging to the dutch liner Boskalis was hijacked on Sunday approximately 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea. Through the professional response of the crew and the coordinated support from the navy of Equatorial Guinea and Spain, writes Boskalis in a press note, “the violent hijacking has been ended and the crew was safely freed.”
“I want to express my compliments to our crew for their extremely professional and adequate actions in this life threatening situation,” said Boskalis’s CEO Peter Berdowski. “I am extremely grateful and in particular thankful to the navy of Equatorial Guinea for their quick and decisive response, as well as to the Spanish navy for their assistance via MDAT-GoG. Because of their actions, this hijacking could be ended quickly and our colleagues were brought into safety.”
The “Blue Marlin” had departed last Sunday, after having unloaded in the waters of Equatorial Guinea, with destination Malta. Sunday afternoon, the ship was unlawfully boarded from a zodiac by several armed pirates. By acting quickly and professionally, all twenty crew members were able to secure themselves in the citadel. A citadel is a highly secured space in the vessel equipped with various means of communication and emergency rations.