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ReCAAP ISC warning: Crew kidnapping threats remain off Sabah

As of 30 June 2020, the kidnapping threat in Sabah and Semporna, Malaysia, targeting foreigners and the abduction of crew from ships passing by the Tawi-Tawi and Sabah waters, still stands, the Philippine Coast Guard informed ReCAAP ISC.

Ten kidnapped from tanker off Lagos, Nigeria

Dryad Global, maritime security company, reported that 10 crew members have been kidnapped from a product tanker carrier 178 nautical miles south of Lagos, Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea.

Crew kidnapped from tanker in Gulf of Guinea

A total of ten crew members were kidnapped from the crude oil tanker ‘Alpine Penelope’ while underway in Gulf of Guinea, on 20 February. The Liberian-flagged ship was heading to Lagos, Nigeria, when it became subject of an attack about 76 nm SW Cotonou.

Pirates provided medical assistance to ‘Duke’s’ kidnapped crew member

After the attack on the crude oil tanker ‘Duke’, 20 crew were abducted on December 15. According to V.Ships Management (India) 19 seafarers were released on January 19, but one crew lost his life. Now, new information emerges, noting that the pirates provided medical assistance to the ill crew member, but were not able to save him.

US issues new security advisory for Gulf of Guinea

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation issued one new advisory to commercial shipping, canceling the earlier ones issued in 2019. Namely, the 2020-002-Gulf of Guinea-Piracy/Armed Robbery/Kidnapping for Ransom, cancels the the U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-010.

Eight crew kidnapped from fishing vessel off Malaysia

A total of eight crew men were kidnapped from a Malaysian-registered fishing trawler which was found abandoned on 17 January, at approximately 4.24 nm off Pulau Tambisan, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia, according to data provided by ReCAAP ISC.


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