CSC condemns seizure of MSC Aries and demands release of hostage seafarers


Joining voices of complaint raised by other international and regional shipping organisations, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber demands the immediate release of the 25 innocent seafarers aboard the Portuguese flagged containership MSC Aries, that was seized on 13 April 2024, by Iranian forces in the waters off Fujairah, UAE.

The Chamber condemns the seizure of the vessel, highlighting the flagrant violation of international law and the assault to the fundamental principle of freedom of navigation.

“Our thoughts lie with the wrongfully arrested seafarers and with their families as their welfare is our highest priority,” says the CSC.

“Innocent seafarers and international shipping must not be victimised and as such, both the crew and vessel must be released as a matter of urgency.”