Two robbers managed to board anchored Singapore-flagged product tanker and started stealing the oil cargo using a hose pipe at 2235 UTC in position 06:15.20N – 003:12.30E, Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria. Duty watch keeper noticed the hose and immediately informed Master. Incident reported to Nigerian Navy patrol boat in the vicinity. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped having stolen around 70mt of fuel cargo from port/stbd tanks. All crew and vessel are safe.
Reported shots fired and NN patrol boat managed to intercept the boat and apprehend the robbers. Reported (IMB/ReCAAP) 24 Mar.
Migrants have hijacked a merchant ship which rescued them off the coast of Libya and it is now heading towards Malta, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and Maltese authorities said on Wednesday, 27th of March
The 108 migrants were picked up by the cargo ship MV Elhiblu 1 and hijacked the vessel when it became clear that it planned to take them back to Libya, according to the website of Italian daily Corriere della Sera and Italian news agencies.
“These are not migrants in distress, they are pirates, they will only see Italy through a telescope,” said Salvini, who has cracked down on illegal immigration, including closing Italy’s ports to charity ships, since he took office in June last year.
The AFM said it established contact with the vessel’s captain when the tanker was 30 nautical miles off Malta.
“The captain repeatedly stated that he was not in control of the vessel and that he and his crew were being forced and threatened by a number of migrants to proceed to Malta,” the AFM added.
The army said one of its patrol boats stopped the ship from entering Maltese waters and a special operations team was then dispatched to board and secure the vessel.
The team was backed by two fast interceptor craft, another patrol boat and a helicopter.
It said the ship was now being escorted to Valletta harbour to be handed over to the Malta police for further investigations.It did not say if its personnel needed to use force.
source: gcaptain.com, corporatedispatch.com, iol.co.za;
Underway Malta-flagged tanker attacked and boarded by pirates at 2030 UTC in position 05:37N – 001:11E, around 30nm South of Lome, Togo. Crew mustered in citadel, however, three Romanian crew members were kidnapped. Remainder of 21 crew were able to sail vessel to Lome anchorage under escort. Reported (MDAT/Romanian MFA) 3 Mar.
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Underway Nigeria-flagged OSV attacked by pirates at 1220 UTC in position 03:54N – 007:26E, around 34nm SE of Bonny Island, Nigeria. Pirates boarded vessel. Some damage sustained to vessel, crew safe; pirates escaped. Nigerian Navy vessel dispatch to extort vessel to safety. Reported (MDAT/Source) 21 Feb.
Duty crew onboard an anchored ore carrier noticed an unlit barge alongside and raised the alarm at 16:55 UTC in position 38:52.8N – 119:11.8E, Jingtang Anchorage, China. Two robbers wearing masks were seen lowering hoses and escaping from the quarter deck. On searching the ship, oil stains were noticed near the MDO tank sounding pipe. All tanks were sounded. Nothing reported stolen. VTS informed. Reported (IMB) 29 Jan
Underway MV attacked by single skiff at 1933 UTC in position 03:42.01N – 006:10.30E, around 36nm South of Brass, Nigeria.
Attackers fired weapons, however vessel and crew reported safe. Reported (MDAT) 24 Jan.
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According to the Russian Embassy in Benin, the location of Russians captured by pirates, on January 2, in Benin’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Guinea is unknown. As stated by the Embassy, representatives for the company noted that the kidnappers have not contacted yet.
According to the crew, the attack was committed on a speedboat, there were from eight to tem pirates and all of them spoke English. Also, there were no injuries or ill among the crewmembers.
The seafarers have internet and mobile communication with their relatives and friends and are to stay in the vessel until arriving to the destination port in Russia.
The MSC Mandy container carrier arrived from Nigeria to the port of Cotonou, and new crew members went on board the ship, including the captain, to replace the crew members who had been taken hostage. On January 6, the container carrier left Benin’s territorial waters.
On 2nd January 2019, The 46,852 dwt MSC Mandy was attacked and boarded by pirates some 55 nautical miles off the coast of Cotonou, while it was traversing through the Gulf of Guinea. several crew members were reported as missing.
AIS data provided by MarineTraffic shows that the ship, which was sailing from the port of Lome, Togo, is currently anchored off Lagos.
Four stowaways who allegedly threatened the crew of a cargo ship with armed bars were detained by police on Friday night after an operation to secure the vessel was launched off the Kent coast.
The crew of Grande Tema, en route from Lagos in Nigeria to Tilbury in Essex, locked themselves on the bridge after the stowaways they had discovered broke free from a cabin and started to make their demands.
The men had allegedly demanded the crew sail close to the British coast so they could jump off and swim ashore.
The incident came to an end after Royal Navy helicopters were deployed amid reports that elite Special Boat Service commandos had been deployed to carry out the operation.
Essex Police, which oversaw the operation, said: “We have secured a vessel in the Thames Estuary. Four men have been detained under the Immigration Act”.
They said the vessel was boarded at around 11pm and would be brought to the Port of Tilbury to dock.
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Eight Polish crew members from the container ship Pomerenia Sky have been released by their captors, two months after they were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria.
Poland’s foreign ministry thanked the shipowner and its partners for “their professional handling of this difficult matter.”
It also expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government.