MARINE Police rescued a trading company boss held on a mainland vessel in a $1 million kidnap bid yesterday. Officers patrolling Victoria Harbour intercepted the 35-metre Shanwei off Tsim Sha Tsui East after being alerted to the abduction by land officers. Police arrested 16 mainland crewmen and freed 33-year-old businessman Chiu Kam-shing, who had been bound and punched. Marine Harbour Division commander Superintendent Patrick Pong Wai-lung said: 'We were told a group of mainlanders had been discussing with a Hong Kong trading company boss and a staff member at Hoi Sum Temple. 'The boss was seen beaten up and forcibly taken on board a mainland vessel moored alongside the seawall. The staff fled unhurt.' The dispute was believed to be over cigarette smuggling.