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Nigerian navy rescues kidnapped crew

17 November 2017

The Nigerian Navy rescued 10 crew members who had been kidnapped by pirates around 17 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 11 November.

The armed pirates had boarded the United Kingdom-flagged bulk carrier Venus Bay, entered the bridge and fired their weapons, damaging the bridge windows. They stole ship's property and crew personal belongings, and then kidnapped 10 crew and escaped in their boat. The pirates were intercepted by two Nigerian navy vessels, who rescued the crew and detained five men. A naval escort stayed with the Venus Bay, with armed guards on board, until it berthed at Port Harcourt on 12 November.

The attack took place in waters at high risk of piracy, with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issuing warnings to shipping about this area, based on its collection of reports of piracy and armed robbery to its 24-hour Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC). Other recent incidents reported worldwide include the following. 

  • Robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier around 21 nautical miles off Pulau Mangkai, Kepulauan Anambas, Indonesia on 7 November. They threatened the crew with the knives, stole ship’s property, cash and crew personal belongings, damaged communication equipment and escaped.
  • A robber armed with a knife boarded a barge under tow at Kutubdia, Bangladesh on 3 November. The tug master directed the searchlight towards the barge and notified the authorities. The robber escaped with stolen barge property.
  • Three robbers armed with knives boarded an offshore supply ship anchored at Batu Ampar, Batam, Indonesia on 3 November and threatened the duty crew member with a knife. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped with ship’s property.
  • Two robbers armed with knives and sticks boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 3 November, threatened two crew members with knives, stole ship's property and escaped.
  • Armed pirates in two skiffs fired on and damaged a fishing dhow around 37 nautical miles off Socotra Island, Yemen on 24 October. One crew member was reported killed and three injured. Coalition navies responded and provided medical and damage control assistance.


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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