In a statement released by ship managers Union Maritime, it has been confirmed that the oil products tanker MT Barrett has been released by the pirates who hijacked the vessel on Jan 10 2018:
“Union Maritime can confirm that the MT Barrett has been released after a Gulf of Guinea piracy incident lasting six days. All crew are safe. We are extremely grateful to the many parties that assisted in achieving the successful resolution of this incident.
We are focused now on supporting the crew and their families. The crew are safely back in Lagos, Nigeria and were met by senior representatives from Union Maritime and the technical managers.
The MT Barrett was at anchor off Benin, West Africa when communications were lost on the morning of Wednesday 10th January. Union Maritime’s emergency response plan was immediately activated and regional maritime authorities and other vessels in the area were alerted.
The exact nature of the incident only became clear late on 12th January when those holding the vessel made contact with the company. A resolution process began, which ultimately led to the release of the vessel and all crew on board on 16th January.
We sincerely appreciate the support and efforts of all involved, including the authorities in Benin, Togo, Nigeria and India.
Union Maritime regularly operates from ports in this region. The safety and security of all our crews is our highest priority. We operate to a rigorous safety and security protocol, with crews repeatedly drilled in all emergency procedures.”