Russian sailors captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea feel fine, said Igor Kovalchuk, first deputy chairman of the Russian Seamen’s Union.
“Pirate captivity is, of course, not a five-star hotel, but, as the shipowner’s sailors informed, the conditions are acceptable. This means that there is shelter, food, everything is normal, ”said Kovalchuk on the Russia-24 TV channel (VGTRK).
He noted that seamen are unpretentious people, and the most important thing is that everyone is “alive and well”.
“As for the negotiations themselves, the general public will not be informed about them, because such negotiations are conducted by special structures that have experience in this matter. Today, the task is to solve the main issues, bearing in mind the amount of the ransom and the procedure for transferring seafarers, ”the union representative added.
The attack on the container ship MSC Mandy (the flag of Panama) occurred off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea on the night of January 2. As a result, six Russian sailors were taken prisoner by pirates: the captain of the vessel, the senior mate of the captain, the third mate of the captain, the boatswain, the welder and the cook. Among those who remained on the ship, no injuries. After the attack, on orders from the shipowner, the container ship followed the raid on the port of Lagos (Nigeria).
Source: Maritime News of Russia