Marine Link
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pirates Kidnap Four Seamen off Nigeria

October 22, 2015

Armed Pirates attack Photo 'AP'

Armed Pirates attack Photo 'AP'

 

On Monday, 19th October, armed pirates attacked and boarded a refrigerated cargo ship underway off the Niger Delta. They stole ship’s cash, destroyed equipment and kidnapped four crewmembers before escaping. Authorities have been notified. There are currently no details relating to the identity of the attacked vessel or the location of the kidnapped crewmembers.

This is the first incident reported at sea off the Niger Delta in five months and has taken place 100 NM further west than the spate of kidnappings which took place earlier this year. It comes at a time when the Nigerian Navy are conducting increased patrols of the approaches to the Bonny River, and these patrols may have forced this criminal gang to look into operating in this wider area of West Africa. This area has a recent history of maritime attacks with six reported cases of attacks on vessels, where 13 crewmembers were abducted for the purpose of ransom, in 2014 alone.

This incident marks a return to attacks for West Africa, an area that has experienced low levels of maritime crime in the last three months, as seen in Dryad Maritime’s Q3 maritime crime statistics. In that report, it was noted that the recent reduction in instances of maritime crime in the region was likely related to the increase in Nigerian Naval activities, but that their efforts alone would not be able to effectively police the whole of West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. Yesterday’s incident is congruent with this analysis.

Crews are reminded to be vigilant to the approach of suspicious vessels, and raise the alarm to local authorities at the first opportunity. Effective BMP4 type defensive measures will go a long way to preventing boarding by maritime criminals known to operate in this region. All ships are requested to report any incident to local authorities, including the MTISC in Accra, Ghana.

The above analysis was issued by Dryad Maritime on Tuesday 20th October.
 

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Oct 2017 - The Marine Design Annual

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News