Tanker operator Union Maritime reported Wednesday that the product tanker Barrett has been safely recovered from hijackers off Benin, West Africa.
"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," the firm said in a statement.
The Barrett was at anchor off Benin on January 10 when communications were lost. Union Maritime activated a response plan and alerted the authorities, but the nature of the incident was not clear until January 12, when the hijackers made first contact. Union Maritime said that a "resolution process" ultimately led to the release of the vessel and her crew on January 16. She is now at anchor off Lagos. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE