Fear in the Italian port

Bad weather in Ravenna, Viking Sea breaks its moorings

She broke its moorings, risking to end up against the docks of the terminal: to avoid the collision, five tugs had to intervene. The Viking Sea recovery operations lasted over 4 hours, the cruise ship docked in Porto Corsini - Ravenna which this morning around 9.15 am - due to severe bad weather - broke the cables by crossing and leaning the keel on the sandy bottom

The ghost of "Ever Given" on the strategic route

Tanker refloated after breakdown in Egypt's Suez Canal

Tug boats refloated an oil tanker that was briefly stranded in Egypt's Suez Canal late on Wednesday after to a technical fault with its rudder, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said. The 252 metre (827-foot) vessel, "Affinity V", had drifted to obstruct the southern section of the canal

Two people missing

More than 80 people rescued from Philippine ferry fire

Philippine coast guard personnel and volunteers have rescued more than 80 passengers and crew of an inter-island ferry that caught fire as it approached a port south of Manila, prompting many to jump into the water as flames spread fast in windy weather, officials said Saturday

More than 300 containers have been damaged

ZIM confirms blaze on ship off Colombo

Officials at Israeli carrier ZIM have confirmed that a fire ripped through the 8,586 teu "ZIM Charleston" 11 days ago in the Indian Ocean, with the ship showing no signs of leaving its mooring at Colombo port as accident investigators look into the latest blaze to hit the liner business

Mayor says

Russian forces strike Mykolaiv port infrastructure

Russian forces have struck port infrastructure in Ukraine's southern Mykolaiv region, Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich said on Tuesday: "A massive missile strike was launched on the south of Ukraine from the direction of the Black Sea, and with the use of aviation," he told

Poverty and unemployment in the Niger Delta

Explosion at Nigerian illegal oil refinery kills over 100

More than 100 people were killed overnight in an explosion at an illegal oil refining depot in Nigeria's Rivers state, a local government official and an environmental group said on Saturday: "The fire outbreak occurred at an illegal bunkering site and it affected over 100 people".

War in Ukraine

The "Moskva": Russia's lost Black Sea Fleet flagship / FOCUS

The following are some facts about the "Moskva", the Soviet-era flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, which sank on Thursday after a fire according to the Russian Defence Ministry. Ukraine said the fire was caused by its missile strike

"Sc Phoenix"

Container ship on fire, adrift in the Mediterranean Sea

Damietta - Containership "Sc Phoenix" (IMO 9236262, dwt 12.457, capacity 1.155 TEU, built 2001, flag Liberia, manager Conbulk Shipmanagement) is reported on fire in Mediterranean 90 nautical miles north of Damietta, Egypt

The men were executed in 1995

Dutch court rejects suit of Nigerian widows against Shell

The Hague - A Dutch court on Wednesday rejected a suit against Shell brought by four widows of activists who were executed by the Nigerian government in 1995 after they protested against the oil's company's exploitation of the Niger Delta

A year after "Ever Given"

"Ever Forward", stuck in Chesapeake Bay, evaluated by experts

A salvage team and naval architects are working together to figure out how to free a cargo ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay. The "Ever Forward" was headed from the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, when it ran aground Sunday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said

No reported fatalities

Nigerian oil production and storage vessel explodes

An oil production and storage vessel exploded off the coast of Nigeria early on Wednesday with 10 crew members on board though it was not yet clear if there were any casualties or how much crude might have spilled into the sea

Off Dutch coast in storm

Crew rescued after ships collide

The Hague - The Dutch coastguard rescued 18 crew members from a ship that collided with another vessel in the North Sea on Monday during a storm off the coast of the Netherlands. The vessel, the Maltese registered "Julietta D." collided with an oil and chemicals tanker

No damages on operations

Ecuador's private heavy crude pipeline bursts in Amazon region

Quito - Ecuador's privately held heavy crude pipeline burst on Friday and technical staff are at the scene working to contain the damage, crude transport company OCP Ecuador said. The incident happened in the so-called Piedra Fina zone

Subsea cable repairs to take four weeks or longer

Tonga likely to spend a month without internet cable

The undersea telecommunications cable connecting Tonga to the rest of the world that was damaged by a volcano eruption will take at least a month to fix, its owner said on Wednesday, with the delay likely hampering disaster recovery efforts. The explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, which has killed at least three people and sent tsunami waves across the Pacific, knocked out connectivity to the archipelago on Saturday

The IMB report

Caution urged despite lowest reported maritime piracy incidents since 1994

Maritime piracy and armed robbery attacks reached the lowest recorded level since 1994, the annual piracy report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), published today, reveals. Imb attributes the drop in incidents to vigorous action taken by authorities but has called for continued coordination and vigilance to ensure the long-term protection of seafarers

"Esbern Snare"

Danish frigate kills four pirates in Gulf of Guinea

Copenhagen - A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish military said on Thursday. The "Esbern Snare" is deployed last month to the Gulf of Guinea amid heightened security risks from pirates


Ships of the future: risks or opportunities?

Two important factors need to be addressed with the introduction of these technologies. First, validation procedure standards for sensors and how to verify that signal accuracy is maintained over the time

"x-press pearl"

Singapore authorities investigate stricken cargo ship off Sri Lanka / GALLERY

Singapore - Singapore authorities said that they have started their own investigation into a stricken cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals that caught fire off Sri Lanka's west coast. The Singapore-registered "X-Press Pearl" was anchored off Sri Lanka's west coast when a fire erupted onboard

After cybersecurity attack

Colonial Pipeline halts all pipeline operations

New York - Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline operator, has halted all operations after it fell victim to a cybersecurity attack on Friday, the company said. The company learned of the attack on Friday and took systems offline to contain the threat, it said in a statement. That action has temporarily halted operations and affected some of its IT systems, it said


Greece delivers food to cattle ship at sea for months

Greece will deliver 50 tons of animal feed to the Togo-flagged ElBeik, which has been stuck at sea for nearly three months in the Mediterranean carrying hundreds of cattle rejected by their buyers amid fears of disease

Lost 36 boxes

Containers fall from Evergreen Marine vessel in rough seas

Taipei - Strong winds and rough seas caused dozens of containers on a Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp. vessel to fall into the ocean off Japan's Kyushu on Wednesday after the ship departed from Busan for Los Angeles, the shipping company said Saturday. In a statement, Evergreen Marine, the largest shipper in Taiwan, said the incident happened when the "Ever Liberal" encountered strong winds about 20 nautical miles

Al Shabaab claiming responsibility

Turkish company attacked in Somalia, four dead

Istanbul - A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said. The company's staff were working on the construction of a road between Mogadishu and Afgoye, northwest of the capital, the ministry statement said. Abdiasis Abu Musab, military operation spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, said the group was behind the attack

Adrift in South China sea

"Hyun Jin" ship abandoned

Singapore - Tanker "Hyun Jin" is reported to be abandoned, drifting in South China sea in vicinity 19 00N 115 00E in the afternoon Nov 24. Tanker was en route to Singapore, ETA Nov 25. Last AIS signal dated Nov 19, when tanker was passing Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Tanker "Hyun Jin", IMO 8910940, dwt 1220, built 1989, flag Niue, manager Mrm Services, Singapore

Nobody injuried

Ship hits dock at Port of Port of Spain

Port of Spain - A container ship, the "Kourou", ran into the dock at the Port of Port of Spain on Saturday night, Seamen and Waterfront Workers trade Union (SWWTU) head Michael Annisette confirmed to Newsday on Sunday

After Beirut blast

Macron promises angry Beirut crowds aid won't go to "corrupt hands"

Beirut - French President Emmanuel Macron promised angry Lebanese crowds in shattered Beirut that aid to rebuild the city would not go to „corrupt hands“ and he urged the political authorities to carry out reforms or risk plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis.Macron was speaking during the first visit by a foreign leader to the Lebanese capital since the biggest blast in its history tore through the city

The Economy minister says

After blast, Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves

Beirut - Lebanon's main grain silo at Beirut port was destroyed in a blast, leaving the nation with less than a month's reserves of the grain but still with enough flour to avoid a crisis, the economy minister said on Wednesday

Persian Gulf

Six square-km oil slick near Bushehr

Teheran - Iranian teams have cleaned up an oil slick near field in the northern region of the Gulf that had extended over a six-square-km (2.3 square mile) area, an Iranian maritime official said on Saturday

U.S. Defence

"We need $10B to pay contractors’ Coronavirus expenses," Pentagon tells Congress

Washington - The Pentagon needs Congress to approve “around $10 billion” to cover defense contractors’ coronavirus-related expenses, a top defense official said Monday. Alan Shaffer, deputy defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, became the first Defense Department official to put a price tag on the relief effort

Troubles in the Med

Libya releases 14 Ukrainian seafarers after three years in jail

Tripoli - 14 Ukrainian seafarers who were arrested off Libya in 2017 have finally returned home. None of them were ever formally charged with a crime, but officials in Tripoli held them for more than three years. The Ukrainian crew and their ship, the product tanker "Ruta", were intercepted by Libyan Navy forces in April 2017 and detained for allegedly smuggling a cargo of diesel

The ship departed from Algeciras

Maersk boxship hit by explosion off Maryland, crewman evacuated

Ocean City - A containership operated by Danish shipping major Maersk suffered an explosion some 275 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, USA, on 5 June. The explosion, which occurred in the engine room of the Post-Panamax vessel "Laura Maersk", caused burn injuries to a crewmember and disabled the vessel, the US Coast Guard said

Nine firefighters injuried

Jaxport car carrier fire contained but not out

Jacksonville - Fire officials in Jacksonville, Florida, say the blaze aboard the "Höegh Xiamen" has been contained but not extinguished. The fire was reported on the seventh deck of the car carrier shortly after loading operations

After container loss

AMSA detains "APL England" over inadequate lashing arrangements

Singapore - "APL England", a Singapore-flagged 5,780 TEU containership, which lost around 40 containers in heavy weather off Sydney last week, has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Inspections of "APL England" have found inadequate lashing arrangements for cargo and heavily corroded securing points for containers on the deck

Close to Port Canaveral

SpaceX ship rescues boater

Port Canaveral - The crew of the SpaceX Fleet ship "Go Searcher" performed a good Samaritan rescue on Friday while practicing recovery of the Crew Dragon astronaut capsule. The 54-year-old man was rescued by the Good Samaritan vessel near Port Canaveral


MSC confirms malware attack

Geneva - Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has confirmed that some of its digital tools and its website were down due to a malware attack. The network outage which was affecting the company’s data centers in Geneva from Friday, April 10, was resolved Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago

Coast Guardsman charged with Coast Guardsman's death

Port of Spain - Ordinary Seaman Takeem Alexander appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Wednesday charged with the unlawful killing of his colleague, Ordinary Seaman Gyasi Richardson.


Spanish warship goes aground

La Manga - The Spanish Navy minesweeper “Turia” went aground Tuesday morning off La Manga, a narrow peninsula near Cartagena, Spain. The vessel was engaged in a search for a downed Spanish Air Force C-101 training jet at the time of the casualty


U.S. Coast Guardsman charged with murder

Unalaska - Seven months after a U.S. Coast Guard seaman was found dead in Unalaska (Aleutinian Islands), a fellow member has been charged with his murder. Seaman Ethan Tucker, 19, of Ludington, MI, was charged Wednesday with killing Ethan Kelch, another 19-year-old seaman


One dead in fishing vessel fire off Catalonia

Port de la Selva - One fisherman died and four were injured Friday when a fire broke outaboard a trawler off Port de la Selva, Catalonia. At about 08.00 hours, while the trawler “Barranco” was operating in French waters, she caught fire due to unknown causes


IMB: global piracy drops by 42% in Q1 2019

London - The first quarter of 2019 saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, compared to the first three months of 2018, a report shows, According to the report issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB)


Three killed in submarine explosion

Bandar Abbas - Three staffers in Iran’s defense industries have been killed in an explosion in a submarine under construction in the country’s south. The explosion took place at a ship-building factory about 37 kilometers west of the southern port of Bandar Abbas that overlooks the Strait of Hormuz


Tanker grounds in Greek waters

Gavrio - A small clean tanker ran aground near the Port of Gavrio,Andros island in Greece, on March 16. The 1,000 dwt “Agios Georgios I” grounded after it struck on rocks that knocked a small hole in the ship’s hull, Hellenic Coast Guard said


Crashes heap pressure on Boeing

Addis Ababa - Investigators into the Boeing Co 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia have found striking similarities in a vital flight angle with an airplane that came down off Indonesia, a source said, piling pressure on the world’s biggest planemaker


Airlines fear long grounding of Boeing 737 MAX

Addis Ababa - The grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets after the crash in Ethiopia has had no immediate financial impact on airlines using the planes, but it will get painful for the industry the longer they do not fly, companies and analysts said on Friday


Grounded bulker spills fuel oil on reef

Guadalcanal - The grounded bulker “Solomon Trader” has spilled an estimated 60 tonnes of fuel oil onto a sensitive reef on Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomons. She has an estimated 600 tonnes remaining on board, raising the possibility of additional pollution before salvage efforts are completed


Tanker officer dies due to poor safety culture

Hull - An officer aboard the chemical oil tanker “Nabucco” died following an accident at Associated British Ports (ABP) Terminal number 1 jetty in Saltend, Hull, according to an accident report released on February 15. The accident occurred on June 26, 2017, as the GEFO-operated tanker was berthed alongside in Saltend


Japan repatriates 6 North Koreans found at sea

Tokyo - Six North Korean men who had drifted into Japanese waters were repatriated on Friday by Japanese authorities, using a route that goes through China, according to reports. All six North Koreans were found in a “state of distress” in the Sea of Japan near the coast of Aomori and Shimane Prefectures in January


Hapag Lloyd ship battling fire off Canada

Frankfurt - German shipping line Hapag Lloyd said on Friday that it was trying to extinguish a fire on its “Yantian Express” container vessel off Canada’s east coast but was being hampered by bad weather. A spokesman for Hapag Lloyd said the fire broke out on Thursday in a container on deck


Two crew missing after car carrier suffers fire

Oahu - Search efforts have continued for two missing crew members of the Panama-flagged car carrier “Sincerity Ace” following a significant vessel fire in the middle of the Pacific. US Coast Guard, Navy and good Samaritans aboard merchant vessels continue the search for the crew members after the fire


Fire shuts unit at Moscow oil refinery

Moscow - Fire crews battled for more than three hours before extinguishing the blaze at the refinery in the capital’s Kapotnya district, the emergency ministry said.


Crew of Iranian cargo ship poisoned, 3 dead

Baku - Three seamen have died from an unspecified toxic substance that poisonedall 11 crew members of an Iranian cargo ship on the Caspian Sea. According to the report, the crew of the vessel, “Nazmehr”, was transferred to a hospital in Baku


Seafarer dies on board Stena Line’s vessel

Fishguard - A crew member on board “Stena Europe”, a ferry owned by Stena Line, and operated on their Fishguard-Rosslare service, died last week: “Stena Line can confirm that unfortunately an onboard employee died during one of its sailings between Fishguard-Rosslare on Wednesday 26th September 2018,”


Genoa: two suspects for the “explosive” container

Genova - Two people have been added to the list of suspects held by substitute prosecutor Fabrizio Givri after a container containing seven tonnes of potentially explosive substances were discovered in the port of Pra’


Tanker with 19 crew on board missing in piracy

Dakar - A tanker vessel with 19 crew members on board, most of them Georgians, has gone missing in pirate-plagued waters off Gabon in West Africa and no word has been heard from it for a week, the ship’s managers and the crew agency said on Wednesday.


“STI Poplar” damages dock at Ploce Port

Ploce - A tanker loaded with oil rammed into a dock in the Croatian Port of Ploce, causing significant damage that left the port’s liquid cargo terminal inoperable. According to local media, the tanker smashed into the dock causing a portion of the quay wall and the unloading infrastructure to fall into the sea and sink


Hundreds injured as platform collapses into sea

Madrid - Hundreds of people were hurt, five seriously, when a wooden platform collapsed at a seaside music festival in northwestern Spain on Sunday night, state television RTVE reported. There were no reports of any fatalities from the incident


Migrants’ return to Libya by Italian boat could breach international law -UN

Rome - A rescue operation in which an Italian towboat rescued more than 100 migrants and returned them to Libya earlier this week may have been in breach of international law, the United Nations said on Tuesday: an Italian towboat rescued 108 migrants from international waters on Monday and took them to Libya


Car carrier hits ground off Sweden

Foftahammar - The Panama-flagged car carrier “Makassar Highway” ran aground in the Tjust archipelago, off the coast of Loftahammar, Sweden in the morning hours of July 23. An undisclosed amount of oil leaked from the vessel following the incident


“State negligence contributed to ‘Sewol’ tragedy”

Seoul - The South Korean Government also shoulders the responsibility for the “Sewol” tragedy that took the toll of over 300 lives back in 2014. As such, a local court has ordered the government and the shipping company to compensate the victims’ families USD 177, 000 for each deceased passenger


Up to 50 missing after 3 boats capsize off Thailand / GALLERY

Pukhet - Up to fifty Chinese tourists are missing while 17 were confirmed dead after threeships carrying over 150 people capsized off Phuket, Thailand. According to a statement by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Songkhla, the ships capsized on July 5 due to inclement weather conditions


Scores dead or missing in Indonesia ferry accident / GALLERY

Jakarta - Some 70 people are dead or missing after a ferry ran aground off the coast of Indonesia, in the latest deadly maritime accident in the Southeast Asian archipelago. The “KM Lestari” was carrying about 140 passengers and dozens of vehicles when damage to its hull forced the captain to ground the vessel


Two workers dead in Longview mooring line

Longview - Two workers lost their lives and two more were injured in an incidentat the Port of Longview, US, on June 28. The fatal incident occurred in the early morning hours when one of the vessel lines attached to the Panama-flagged bulk carrier “Ansac Splendor” snapped in half and recoiled toward the dock


Grounded tanker splits in two off Taiwan

Kaohsiung - One of two tankers that ran aground off Kaohsiung, Taiwan last week, split in two in the morning hours of June 18. According to Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau (MOTC), the tankers were not loaded with cargo at the time


Damaged cargo ship towed safely to Tallinn

Tallinn - A cargo ship that started taking on water off the coast of Finlandhas been towed to a port in Tallinn, Estonia. Maritime rescue officials say no environmental damage was incurred. On March 8, Finland’s Border Guard received a distress message from a cargo ship in waters south of Finland


Container ships collided in port

Taipei - Container ship “Kuo Chang” struck berthed container ship “He Bin” at Taichung Harbor, Taiwan, around noon Mar 9, while maneuvering. Strong wind said to be the culprit. Both ships sustained damages, Chinese container ship suffered several damaged containers, three cargo bays and ladder


Awkward track repair lies beneath derailment

Milan - There is a problem with the story of the train that derailed at Pioltello, killing three and injuring 100, in which the line managers swear that everything was as it should have been: there was a wooden wedge under the broken rail


Two burned on 10th anniversary of Thyssen tragedy

Turin - First a sudden fire, then the spurt of burning hot gas that hit them. This is how two maintenance staff were seriously burned in Turin. The accident at Vaber, a chemical company with longstanding ties to the city, took place on the day when Turin commemorates the tenth anniversary of the seven steelworkers who died


Two tanker incidents reported, 14 dead

Piraeus - Two incidents involving tankers, which resulted in fatalities, were reported this week. First, four workers were killed in an explosion in a tank of an LR1 under construction at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea for unnamed Greek interests, last Sunday


At least 18 dead as Russian bus falls into sea

Moscow - Russian authorities say at least 18 people are dead after a bus packedwith construction workers fell into the sea in a southern region near Crimea. The federal Investigative Committee said the accident occurred at about 8 a.m. on August 25 as the bus was carrying workers after a shift building a pier


Passenger ships collided at Piraeus... again

Piraeus - Ro-ro passenger ship “European Express” broke off her mooring and collided with docked next to her ro-ro passenger ship “Aqua Jewel” at Perama Ship Repair Yard in the morning Aug 13. Both vessels said to suffer damages, extent unknown, but no leak reported


Anti-migrant ship in trouble refuses help from NGO

Tripoli - Like a sort of Nemesis,the “Defend Europe” ship which arrived near the Libyan coast to discourage NGO ships committed to rescuing migrants, saw one of those very ships come to its rescue after an engine problem


Missing world’s largest private submarine

Copenhagen - Said to be the largest private-built submarine in the world, “Nautilus”, sank at night Aug 10 at Kastrup Havn, Copenhagen, Denmark. Owner and builder of u-boat, Danish entrepreneur and inventor Peter Madsen, jumped into water and survived ordeal


Maersk to restore operations after cyber attack

Copenhagehn - Danish shipping giant Maersk said that it expects its container operations to get back to normal early next week, after the recent cyber attack that affected its shipments. Specifically, the company informed this week that it had restored its major IT systems


Captain commits suicide during voyage

Tilbury - A captain of a container ship has apparently committed suicide duringa voyage from New York, United States to Tilbury, the UK, according to Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). The 2,824 TEU “Santa Bettina” was one week into its voyage when the captain apparently took his own life on board


German “Glory” attacked, 6 crew kidnapped

Brass - General cargo vessel Antigua and Barbuda “Glory” was attacked by armed pirates at around midday May 17 in position 03 59N 006 46E, some 40 nm southeast of Brass, Nigeria, Bight of Bonny. Pirates kidnapped six crew and fled


Jolly Nero tragedy, captain receives sentence / GALLERY

Genova - May 7 2013, at 23:05: while executing the manoeuvre to exit the port of Genoa, the engine of the cargo ship “Jolly Nero” went dead. Something went wrong, gave way, and that big ship smashed into the Control Tower, destroying it, and causing the death of nine people and injuring four


Master of detained ship died on board

Contantia - The master aboard the “Geo Star” which has been detained since Jan 31, 2017 in Agigea Port in Constantia after a port state control, has died on board due to a heart failure. A rescue team had tried for more than 45 minutes to resuscitate him in vain


Six killed in crane collapse at SHI shipyard / GALLERY

Seoul - Six people died and more than 20 were injured when a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea on Monday, Yonhap News Agency said. The incident took place during the construction of an oil platform for French energy company Total’s Martin Linge field off Norway


Seven-year sentence for former FS CEO

Viareggio - Wearing a T-shirt printed with the photo of her smiling daughter Emanuela, Daniela Rombi could hardly stand up from the strain; her husband is gently stroking her head. Those sitting in nearby benches are holding hands. Some attendees have their eyes shut for one last prayer


Tanker sinking after collision off Japan

Tokyo - Two tankers, the Panama-flagged “Eastern Phoenix” and Japanese “Keihin Maru 8”, collided off Japan’s port of Kehin, Prefecture of Kanagawa, on Sunday, less than two nautical miles from the coast. The 5,025 dwt product tanker “Eastern Phoenix” was slightly damaged


MSC, NITC giants clash in Singapore Strait

Singapore - The Panama-flagged Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) “Dream II” and containership “MSC Alexandra” collided in the Singapore Strait in the evening hours of August 3, according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)


“Jolly”: prosecutor casts doubts on witness

Genoa - Statements by second deck officer Ugo Fedele, regarding the movements of one of the tug boats from one side to the other of the ro-ro “Jolly Nero” just before the moment of impact with Genoa’s port control tower, were deemed “untruthful” by prosecutor Walter Cotugno


Kidnapped tanker crew liberated

Athens - The four crew members of a chemical tanker that were kidnapped off Nigeria on March 5 have been released and are reported to be in good health, the Hellenic Coast Guard said. The undisclosed owner of the chemical tanker told the coast guard that the crew were freed on March 28th.