The 15 sailors hostages of the pirates in the Gulf of Guinea freed

(B2) The fifteen sailors of the Davide B were released on April 15, announced its owner, the Dutch company, De Poli Shipmanagement

(credit: De Poli Shipmanagement)

The fifteen officers and crew (Romanians, Ukrainians and Filipinos) had been kidnapped during the attack on the ship, a Dutch chemical tanker flying the Maltese flag. The attack took place around 15:15 UTC, some 210 nautical miles south of Cotonou (Benin), while he was en route from Riga (Latvia) to the port of Nigeria. Nine pirates armed with AK47 type assault rifles had managed to board. Six other sailors from the ship were able to escape the attack.

They are now safe ad De Poli Shipmanagement in a press release published on its website on April 15. They are in "relatively good condition considering the difficult circumstances" in which they have lived for the past four weeks. They will now receive medical checks and will be “repatriated to their country of origin as soon as possible”.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).