Nineteen crew that were kidnapped by pirates from the oil tanker ‘MT Duke’ off Benin last month, have been released, while one died during the captivity. The twenty Indian crew were kidnapped on December 15.
During the last SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), discusses about the maritime crime situation in Asia. As he says, ReCAAP ISC aims to accurately inform about maritime crimes in Asia, while noting that such incidents are declining. Nevertheless, there are still areas of concern in which the situation must improve.
Grad now informs that the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Strait jumped nearly fourfold during 2019, and further advises ships transiting the Singapore Strait to remain vigilant and maintain an adequate anti-piracy watch.
On 2 January 2020, a Nigeria-flagged hopper dredger vessel experienced a piracy attack. Specifically, the vessel was sailing in the Gulf of Guinea when three persons reported to be kidnapped and four announced to be killed after the pirate’s invasion.
Following the abduction of 20 Indian seafarers from “Duke” off Benin, the Government of India assured that they are all safe after Narendra K. Sawaikar, Commissioner for NRI Affairs contacted the Government of India.
After the pirates’ invasion in the tanker vessel named “Nave Constellation” on 3 December in Nigeria, the 19 kidnapped crewmembers of the ship announced that have been released. Specifically, all 18 Indian and one Turkish national, were set free on Saturday 21 December.
After the pirate’s invasion in the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker “MV Duke”, a Togolese naval patrol boat contacted the tanker vessel. Specifically, as the V.Ships Ship Management (India) informed, the new tug along with its sea staff, Master and Naval escort are en route to approach the tanker in order to resume command.
According to reports, six pirates boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker “Duke” on December 15, Sunday, which was sailing from Luanda, Angola, to Lomé, Togo and abducted all 20 but one crewmembers; This marks the largest incident taking place in West Africa for 2019.
Following the abduction of four crewmembers from “Elka Aristotle” tanker off Lome, Togo, the managing company of the Greek-flagged tanker announces that three of the crewmembers taken are free. However, the company reports that one of the four kidnapped crew, of Filipino nationality, has died, in what it is understood to not be a from actions by those holding the crew hostage but due to illness.
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