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).
The cargo ship ZHEN HUA 7 was on its way to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea under the flag of Liberia, when it was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, 78 nautical miles northwest of the African island state of Sao Tome and Principe on November 13 at around 1500 UTC.
The history of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea dates back decades, but it is only in the past few years that the criminal model has taken a more sophisticated and violent turn.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expresses its growing frustration at the ineffectiveness of the international community to address the continuing piracy crisis in the Gulf of Guinea.
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.
On November 2, Pirates kidnapped nine crew members from the Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita while the vessel was at anchor off the coast of Benin in West Africa, and two days later on November 4, four crew members were taken hostage off the coast of Togo from the Greek-flagged Elka Aristotle.
Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the ICC IMB latest annual piracy report reveals.
Pirates have kidnapped 11 crew members of a container ship near the coast of Nigeria according to the ship’s management firm and Poland state media.
A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ICC IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.