2020 saw a year-on-year increase in global piracy incidents, with the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region account for 90% of seafarer kidnappings worldwide.
Reporting indicates that 15 of the 21 crew members (consisting of Ukrainian, Romanian and Philippine nationals) have been kidnapped from a vessel
The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s annual piracy report recorded an increase of piracy and armed robbery incidents in 2020.
Diamond S Shipping announced that the four crew members who had been kidnapped from one of its product tanker vessels, the Agisilaos, on November 29, 2020, were released on, January 6, 2021.
According to Dryad, tanker vessel MV AGISILAOS was boarded by an unknown number of persons while underway resulting in the kidnap of 4 crew (2 Filipino, 1 Romanian, 1 Russian).
According to reports from Dryad, general cargo vessel MILAN was boarded by pirates 14nm NNM of the Pennington Terminal 10nm from shore, resulting in kidnapping of 10 crew members.
The incident is now over. Three people have been kidnapped. Pirates left the vessel at 05°09N – 003°29E (180/75NM off Lagos Nigeria).
Reporting indicates that the Liberian flagged Heavy Load carrier ZHEN HUA 7 (IMO9166560) has been boarded while drifting 78nm NW of Sao Tome.
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.