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The risk of piracy has “not gone away” according to chairman of Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) Peter Swift, at a conference hosted by the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).

The crew of Sunship’s City of Xiamen, taken hostage off the coast of Nigeria last month, were released at the weekend.

Copenhagen: Six seafarers from the Danish vessel Leopard held hostage by Somali pirates since January 2011 have been released.

Lagos: Three seafarers from Sri Lanka and one each from Russia and Myanmar were taken hostage after 14 heavily armed pirates boarded a container vessel and breached its citadel, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported.