Amerigo Vespucci Crewmembers Released

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Oct 032010
 

imageAfter an extremely difficult period for the families that lasted more than 19 days, it is with great relief that the crisis management team of Jan De Nul Group confirms the release and good health of the two crewmembers of the trailing suction hopper dredger Amerigo Vespucci.

The two crewmembers were kidnapped on 12 September 2010 by an armed gang from the trailing hopper dredger Amerigo Vespucci near the port of Douala in Cameroon. After days of negotiation, the two crewmembers, the Croat Klaudio and the Filipino Wilson were finally released safe and sound in Cameroon on 30 September 2010. Thanks to the efforts of the Jan De Nul Group crisis team, also the four Ukranians, who were kidnapped on the same night from another ship, have been released.

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Two Jan De Nul Crew Kidnapped In Second Hijack

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Sep 132010
 
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Amerigo Vespucci

On Sunday evening, 12 September, the trailing suction hopper dredger Amerigo Vespucci of the Jan De Nul Group was attacked by an armed gang in the port of Douala , Cameroon. Despite actions of the captain, two crew members, a Filipino and a Croatian, were kidnapped by the attackers. It concerns . The origin of the armed men is unknown.

Says the Jan De Nul announcement: “The crisis team of Jan De Nul Group met around midnight and all departments, employers, authorities and families concerned, have been informed. The company does everything to assure the safety of the crew”.

On April 18 2009 another Jan De Nul vessel, Pompei, was hijacked off the Somali coast and held hostage, with its 10 man crew, for 71 days until released for a ransom reportedly 2.8m Euro.