A cargo ship attacked off Nigeria is neither Turkish-owned nor Turkish-flagged, according to an executive of a Turkish marine company on Monday.
“The ship is not Turkish-owned or Turkish-flagged,” Levent Karsan, the director-general of the company Boden, told reporters in a press conference on the Turkish sailors who were kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday.
Following the attack, the Liberian-flagged cargo ship Mozart — with a largely Turkish crew — anchored at Port-Gentil at 11.00 a.m. (0800GMT) on Sunday.
Karsan said the ship belonged to foreign investors and his company was only responsible for the vessel’s technical management.
“The ship is Liberian-flagged. Its management belongs to a firm that has offices in London and Hamburg,” Karsan said.
He added that he did not receive any news that the pirates contacted any authorities so far.