January 7, 2018
Statement on behalf of Norbulk Shipping as managers of the Anuket Amber, and RK8 Offshore Shipmanagement as managers of the Ark Tze.
Anuket Amber and Ark Tze seafarers released
Norbulk Shipping and RK8 Offshore are delighted to confirm that the 12 crew members taken by armed men from the tanker Anuket Amber and the anchor handling tug supply vessel Ark Tze on 29th October 2018 while off the Congolese coast have been released and are safe and in good spirits. We are extremely grateful to the many parties that assisted in achieving the successful resolution of this incident.
We are focused now on continuing to support the crew and their families. The crew were met by senior representatives from Norbulk Shipping and RK8 Offshore in Nigeria before returning to their home countries and their loved ones.
We sincerely appreciate the support and efforts of all involved, including the authorities in Latvia, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, and Nigeria.
The safety and security of all our crews is our highest priority. We operate to a rigorous safety and security protocol, with crews repeatedly drilled in all emergency procedures.
To protect the safety and security of our seafarers, and of the many others who serve onboard other vessels in this region, we will not be sharing further details of the release of our seafarers.
November 2, 2018
Anuket Amber attacked by pirates off Pointe-Noire, Congo (Update #1)
Norbulk regret to confirm that eight crew members from one of our ships, the Anuket Amber, and four crew members from another vessel, have been taken hostage by a group of pirates close to the coast of Nigeria. The crew members have been taken off the vessel and we believe they have been taken ashore. So far, we have received no information or demands from the pirates.
The safe return of the eight crew is now our highest priority. We have informed their families and will remain in close contact with them to provide every possible support at this difficult time.
November 1, 2018
Anuket Amber attacked by pirates off Pointe-Noire, Congo
We hereby confirm that the oil and chemical tanker, Anuket Amber, owned by Anuket Amber Shipping Company Limited and deployed on time charter by Monjasa, was unfortunately attacked by pirates on 29 October 2018 off Pointe Noire, Congo in West Africa.
The owners, together with the commercial operator, Alliance Maritime, and technical operator, Norbulk Shipping are handling the incident and are in direct communication with relevant authorities.
The crew and their safety are top priority in this situation and everything that is possible is being done to ensure that a safe release of the crew safe is actioned as soon as possible.
We are in close communication with the families of the crew to keep them advised regarding the incident.
Both operators and charterers have significant experience working in West Africa and follow strict safety procedures on events like this.
In order not to jeopardise the outcome of this situation we are unable to release any further information at this time.
Facts about Anuket Amber
· IMO: 9395733
· Flag: Panama
· Deadweight: 9,500t
· Length overall x breadth extreme: 122.2m × 19.05m
· Year built: 2008
· Crew nationality: Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Philippines
Written statement on behalf of
Anuket Amber Shipping Company Limited
Additional information will be made available through our website: www.norbulkshipping.com