Maritime Transport Agency : We are actively working to ensure safe release of Georgian sailors from captivity

We are actively working to ensure safe release of Georgian sailors from captivity, Maritime Transport Agency told InterPressNews. According to the agency, the Maritime Transport Agency will provide permanent information to the family of Georgian sailors.

"On February 20, 2011, at 01:10 local time, gunmen attacked a tanker sailing under the flag of Liberia. During the attack 10 sailors were kidnapped, including 4 Georgian citizens. We are in active communication with the ship owner company, which has a good reputation, and is taking all the appropriate measures,” the Maritime Transport Agency said.

The agency calls on media outlets to refrain from releasing the information that identifies the Georgian sailors.

“The Maritime Transport Agency of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are working jointly with the shipowner to safely rescue Georgian sailors from captivity through all the possible ways. Families are informed and the Maritime Transport Agency will provide each of them with updated information," the Maritime Transport Agency said.

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