7 Russian seafarers, captured by Nigerian pirates on the 17th of July, 2020 have reportedly been released. Owing to the joint efforts of Russian diplomats in Abuja, Nigerian officials and the representative of the owner of the ship.
After almost 3 weeks, the last 2 seafarers who had been captured during the hijacking of an oil tanker returned to India.
Reporting indicates that the FPSO SENDJE BERGE has been attacked by unknown armed men. Further reports indicate that up to 11 personnel may have been kidnapped from the vessel
Reporting indicates that the fishing vessel PANOFI FRONTIER has been attacked by several gunmen on board one-speed boat 61nm South of Cotonou Port.
The Portuguese-flagged container ship, MSC Talia, was en-route from Lomé to Port Libreville, when pirates boarded the ship and kidnapped seven crew members, as reported by Dryad Global.
Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s IMB annual piracy report.