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Further crew kidnap off Nigeria

3 March 2017

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported a further pirate kidnap of crew off the Nigerian coast. This follows the kidnap of eight crew members from the German-owned BBC Caribbean in the Gulf of Guinea last month. Reports from the IMB worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre indicate that ships transiting West African waters are especially prone to armed attack.

In this further incident, on 7 February, armed pirates boarded a tanker when it was around 60 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria. The crew were able to raise the alarm and most crew members managed to retreat into the citadel. After the owners notified the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, it contacted the Nigerian Navy, and a naval vessel was dispatched to assist the tanker.

Although the naval boarding team found no pirates on board, and the crew were able to leave the citadel, three crew members were reported missing and believed to be kidnapped.
All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email:

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