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...]

BIMCO Calls on EU, China and U.S. to Support Counter-Piracy Ops in Gulf of Guinea

The EU, China, and the U.S. need to step up their support of counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea amid a scourge of attacks and kidnappings in the region, international shipping association BIMCO said Wednesday. Around 40 ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in the past 12 months. Most recently, six seafarers were kidnapped from the MSC Mandy, which was … [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...]