After Deadly Firefight, Pirates Kidnap Three from Dredger Off Nigeria

Pirates off the coast of Nigeria have abducted three crew members from a dredger after a deadly exchange of gunfire with the ship’s embarked security team, maritime risk firm Dryad Global reports. According to Dryad, the attack occurred January 2nd against the Nigerian-flagged hopper dredger Ambika located approximately 3 nautical miles from the Ramos River, near the … [Read more...]

Pirates Kidnap Eight from Greek Tanker Off Cameroon

By Sotiris Nikas (Bloomberg) --Five Greeks, two Filipinos and a Ukrainian were abducted by unidentified assailants from the Greek-flagged tanker ‘Happy Lady’ while the vessel was anchored two nautical miles from Limboh port in Cameroon. The attack on the 28 crew-member ship took place in the early hours Tuesday, the Greek Shipping Ministry said in an emailed statement. The … [Read more...]

Twenty Kidnapped in Tanker Attack in Gulf of Guinea

Update: Twenty Indian nationals have been kidnapped from an oil tanker in West African waters, India's foreign ministry has confirmed.  By Olivia Konotey-Ahulu, Prejula Prem and Alex Longley (Bloomberg) --An oil tanker was attacked on Sunday in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea and most of its crew were kidnapped, the latest in a string of incidents highlighting … [Read more...]

Pirates Release Three Tanker Crew Kidnapped Off Togo

ATHENS, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Pirates have released three crew taken hostage from a Greek oil tanker off the coast of the West African country of Togo in November, the vessel's manager said on Friday. A fourth hostage, a Filipino, died from illness during captivity, European Products Carriers Ltd added. It did not give details of the release. The tanker, Elka Aristotle, … [Read more...]

Pirates Release Nine Seafarers Kidnapped from Bulk Carrier Off Benin

Pirate in the Gulf of Guinea have released nine seafarers kidnapped from a J.J. Ugland bulk carrier last month off the coast of Benin. The nine Filipino seafarers, including the captain, were abducted from the Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita as it was awaiting discharge at an anchorage on November 2nd. Following the attack, the ship’s remaining crew members notified the … [Read more...]