Libreville, Gabon – (African Boulevard News) – Georgia has announced the release of two sailors who were kidnapped off the coast of Gabon in early May by pirates. The sailors were taken hostage in the Gulf of Guinea, close to a commercial port in Gabon. The incident is the latest in a string of kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea, which is known for piracy and piracy-related activities.
Georgian officials announced the release of the sailors on Wednesday, and said that they were in good health. The sailors were reportedly released after a ransom was paid, although the amount of the ransom has not been disclosed. The officials also expressed their gratitude to everyone who helped in securing the release of the sailors.
“The two sailors who had been kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have been freed,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We are grateful to everyone who helped us in securing the release of the sailors.”
The Gulf of Guinea, which stretches from Senegal to Angola, is known for piracy and other piracy-related activities. It is one of the most dangerous regions in the world for shipping, with over 100 attacks on vessels reported in 2020 alone. The attacks range from armed robbery to kidnapping for ransom.
While piracy in the region has been on the decline in recent years, the incident serves as a reminder of the threat that piracy continues to pose in the Gulf of Guinea. Piracy in the region can disrupt the flow of goods and increase the cost of shipping, affecting trade and regional security.
The incident is a wake-up call for coastal states in the region to improve their maritime security capabilities. The Gulf of Guinea Commission has called for greater cooperation among member states in order to combat piracy and other forms of maritime crime.
“The Gulf of Guinea Commission urges its member states to strengthen their maritime security capabilities and enhance cooperation in order to combat piracy and other forms of maritime crime,” the Commission said in a statement.
The release of the sailors is a relief to their families and loved ones, and serves as a reminder of the risks that seafarers face on a daily basis. The incident underscores the need for continued efforts to improve the security of seafarers and the maritime industry.
In conclusion, piracy continues to pose a threat to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, and requires sustained efforts to combat it. Coastal states in the region must work together to enhance their maritime security capabilities and curb piracy and other forms of maritime crime. The release of the sailors is a testament to the effectiveness of coordinated efforts to combat piracy in the region.