Bourbon Offshore has announced that its workers taken hostage offshore Nigeria have been released by their kidnappers.
The French based maritime company, specialising in serving the offshore oil and gas industry, confirmed the news Friday saying that the two workers “have been released and are in good health.”
Bourbon Hostage Workers Released
The two workers were part of a crew working onboard the Bourbon Liberty 251, an Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, when it was attacked on 23rd February 2016, offshore Nigeria.
Both worker’s full identities have been kept confidential, however Bourbon have confirmed that one was of Nigerian nationality and the other Russian.
A further ten crew members were also taken but quickly released unharmed, and returned to the Nigerian port of Onne.
A spokesman for Bourbon said: “This news comes as a great relief to all BOURBON employees, who share the joy of the families. For obvious reasons of confidentiality, BOURBON shall not make any further comment.”
It is currently unclear if any ransom was paid, by either Bourbon or by governments, as part of the release deal.
Bourbon Liberty 251
The Bourbon Liberty 251 is current back working offshore Nigeria.
Built in 2011, the Luxembourg flag vessel (IMO: 9573593), has 60 metres length overall, a beam of 15 metres, and a gross tonnage is 1733 tons.