The Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA), its embassies in Abuja, Nigeria and The Hague, Netherlands, confirms the arrival on 19 April 2021 of the ten (10) Filipino seafarers kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Filipinos were part of the fifteen (15) crew members kidnapped from the chemical tanker Davide B off the coast of Benin, the Gulf of Guinea, last March 11, 2021. All crew members were released last April 11, a month after the kidnapping.
The Filipino seafarers will arrive in the Philippines Clark International Airport from Amsterdam via Qatar Air flights. The group left Lagos for Amsterdam yesterday 14 April and will leave for the Philippines on the 18th April.
Before this release, the rest of the Filipino crew members of Davide B who were spared from the kidnapping already returned home. The six (6) seafarers arrived last 3 April 2021.
The Department of Foreign Affairs extends its gratitude to the Dutch owners and the local manning agency Elburg Shipmanagement Phil’s., Inc. for the prompt and safe release of the seafarers as well as their immediate repatriation.