MV Bonita boarded by pirates

Here you will find the latest news regarding the incident with MV Bonita.


Published 09.12.2019 16:09:14

Update - MV Bonita

We are delighted to confirm that late on Friday evening, December 6, 2019, the nine crew members from MV Bonita held as hostages, were released in Nigeria and brought to a safe place in southern Nigeria, after 35 days in captivity.
All crew members have gone through medical examinations Friday and Saturday. The doctor declared all nine fit to fly/travel on Saturday. Needless to say, the captivity has been a very difficult experience for them. The crew members will receive further care and  follow up after arrival in the Philippines. Ugland will continue to work with our crew members throughout their recovery process.
After being safely transported out of Nigeria, the crew members have now safely arrived in Manila, Philippines, to reunite with their families and colleagues.   
Representatives from Ugland headquarters’ in Grimstad, Norway and other parties have been actively engaged in the process of bringing the hostages home and have been present both in Nigeria and the Philippines.
We are very thankful and relieved that the crew are now free and back home. President Øystein Beisland says: “We are truly happy that the nine crew members are now reunited with their families and have their wellbeing at heart. I would on behalf of the company like to sincerely thank all parties that have contributed to resolving this difficult situation”.
FREE  AND SAFE: Eight of the nine hostages from MV Bonita en route to Manila, the ninth crew member is behind the camera. Executive Vice President in Ugland, Arnt Olaf Knutsen, behind .

Published 18.11.2019 15:29:34

Update - MV Bonita

It is Ugland’s unconditional priority to bring the nine crew members that were taken by pirates from MV Bonita on November 2, 2019, back to safety.
During the weekend, the crew members who were not taken were reunited with their families in Manila, Philippines.
Our office manager together with colleagues from the crewing agency in the Philippines, waited at the Manila airport to receive them. They have been together at a hotel for medical examination and debriefing. 
MV Bonita left Cotonou, Benin, Thursday last week, with a new crew on board.

Published 13.11.2019 22:00:00

Update - MV Bonita

Crew manager Vidar Røinås
This week, Senior Crewing Manager Mr. Vidar Røinås (photo) from Ugland headquarters in Grimstad, Norway, has visited MV Bonita at quay in Cotonou, Benin. 
Mr. Røinås helped facilitate crew changes for crew on board who wish to reunite with their families in the Philippines as soon as possible, something which is fully understandable.  New crew members are on board. MV Bonita is scheduled to leave Cotonou by the end of this week, weather permitting. 

Published 06.11.2019 16:12:07

Update - MV Bonita

The families of the nine crewmembers taken off MV Bonita were gathered today in the Philippines. The meeting was organized by the company which has been Ugland’s crewing agency  in the Philippines for several decades.  Ugland is together with the crewing agency, providing help and care for the families inn a difficult time.
President Øystein Beisland states: It`s imperative for Ugland to care for and comfort the families who experience times of uncertainty and concern.  
Benin police are investigating the incident on board MV Bonita on Saturday November 2, 2019. Ugland fully cooperates  and supports this investigation. 

Published 05.11.2019 14:07:21

Update - MV Bonita

Our effort to bring our nine crew members to safety, is our main priority. We are working relentlessly on this issue. 
In order to care for the remaining crew on board, a trauma specialist and a priest will be available on board in the near future. The trauma specialist has vast experience from working with these similar incidents. 
Ugland will accommodate for crew members who choose to repatriate. Plans for substitute crew are in process.  

Published 04.11.2019 16:39:21

Update - MV Bonita

The ongoing incident is a serious situation for Ugland, especially our seafarers. We are doing everything we can to bring the nine crewmembers taken off the ship back to safety. Øystein Beisland, President, underscores that this is our highest priority. 
We have been and are in continuous contact with the remaining crew on board. Their condition is considered good, taking into account what they have been through. Health care and follow-up is offered as needed. The entire crew is Filipino.  
Ugland has continuous assessments of the security situation in areas where our vessels operate. In light of the ongoing incident, we are reconsidering whether our ships should sail in this area.

Published 04.11.2019 10:57:06

Update - MV Bonita

We can confirm that the captain of MV Bonita is one of the nine crewmembers taken off the vessel. Apart from this, we do not have any new information about the incident.
We are continuously working on the situation, and are doing our utmost to bring the nine crewmembers to safety. Their families will be gathered as soon as possible.
The remaining crewmembers onboard the vessel are all being cared for, and are in good condition despite of the circumstances. Should the remaining crewmembers wish to disembark the vessel, and go home, this will be accommodated. 

Published 03.11.2019 21:27:25

MV Bonita boarded by pirates

Our bulk vessel MV Bonita was boarded by pirates very early Saturday morning off Cotonou/Benin while she was at anchor.
9 crew members were taken off the vessel while she was waiting for berth to discharge inbound cargo, gypsum.
Remaining crew notified local authorities and Bonita arrived alongside in Cotonou later same day.
The Ugland Emergency Response Team are handling this situation as per contingency plans, and they are in contact with relevant authorities.  
The families of the crewmembers have been contacted and will be kept informed by Ugland.
In the interest of the wellbeing of the crewmembers Ugland will not make any further comments regarding the situation.
Further updates will be given as and when new confirmed information is available and releasable.
MV Bonita

Contact info

+47 91 13 44 11

Emergency location

The J.J. Ugland Companies
Phone: (+47) 37 29 26 00

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