Foreign shipping companies calling at Nigerian and other west African countries seaports have been warned to exercise heightened caution within and on approach to the Gulf of Guinea, off Nigeria due to a strong likelihood of fresh attacks on their vessels in that part of the region of Africa.
Dryad Global , a UK -based security outfit , issued the alert sequel to the abduction of four seafarers in the latest piracy attack in the Gulf of Guinea involving a crude oil tanker, just three days after the kidnapping of 10 sailors in the same region.
The boarding of MV Agisilaos was reported on November 29, according to Dryad Global, while the vessel was underway in Ghanaian waters, 5 nautical miles from the Western edge of the Gulf of Guinea HRA, and 22 nautical miles west of Togo TTW.
The Marshall Islands-registered tanker is owned by Polarwind Maritime, and commercially controlled by Curzon Maritime from the UK, according to VesselsValue information.
This is the 24th confirmed kidnapping incident in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea within 2020 with 122 crew kidnapped from vessels, data from Dryad shows.
“While the design of this vessel does not signal any overarching vulnerabilities, this incident highlights the desperation of perpetrators in the region.
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