Through coordinated efforts from both the Spanish and Equatorial Guinea navies, the crew that was held hostage in the violent hijacking of the Royal Boskalis Westminster Boskalis heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin are now safe. The hijacking took place on Sunday, 5 May around 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea after the vessel was boarded by several armed pirates. The 20 crew members locked themselves in the ship’s citadel until help could arrive. The vessel sustained significant damage, as the pirates shot several times while onboard, rendering the ship un-sailable. The vessel is currently situated around 40 miles off the coast of Equatorial Guinea in international waters.