Pirates Release Six Russians Kidnapped from MSC Mandy in Gulf of Guinea -Report

Pirates have released six Russian seafarers kidnapped from the containership MSC Mandy during an attack off the coast of Benin earlier this month. Russia’s TASS news agency reports their release has been confirmed by the Russian embassy in Nigeria. The Panamanian-flagged MSC Mandy with 24 crew members onboard came under attack by armed pirates on January 2, 2019 as it was … [Read more...]

BIMCO Calls for Naval Action to Combat Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Shipping association BIMCO is stepping up its calls for naval support to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea after an annual report the International Maritime Bureau shows that attacks in West Africa increased in 2018. According to the bureau’s report, there were 201 incidents reported to the bureau last year (including six hijackings) - all of which happened in the Gulf of … [Read more...]

Stowaways Threaten Cargo Ship’s Crew, But British Police Denies Piracy or Hostage Situation

LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - British police said on Friday that they had received no reports that anyone has been harmed in an incident on an Italian cargo ship in the Thames Estuary and that they did not think it was piracy or terrorism related. Police said they were dealing with a complex situation on board the vessel. A spokesman for Grimaldi Lines, which runs the Grande … [Read more...]

Pirates Release Crew Kidnapped from Containership Off Nigeria in October

Pirates kidnapped all 11 crew, including eight Polish nationals, from the Pomerenia Sky on October 28 as the ship was bound for the Nigerian port of Onne. WARSAW, Dec 18 (Reuters) - All of the crew kidnapped by pirates from a container ship off the coast of Nigeria in October, including eight Polish nationals, are safe and will be reunited with their families, Poland's … [Read more...]

Pirates Fire On LNG Carrier Off Bonny, Nigeria

Pirates in a speed boat chased and fired on an LNG tanker last week off the coast of Bonny, Nigeria, the IMB Piracy Reporting Center has confirmed. The incident took place last Tuesday, November 26, approximately 30 nautical miles southwest of Bonny. The Piracy Reporting Centre report said the LNG tanker was chased and fired upon by nine pirates in a speed boat. The … [Read more...]