Singapore-flagged tug/supply vessel were kidnapped on October 29, some 60
nautical miles south of the Republic of Congo, West Africa, Asian piracy
watchdog ReCAAP informed.
boarded the anchored ship, assaulted the crew and damaged the ship’s radio
equipment, before abducting the vessel’s master, chief engineer, chief officer
and a member of the deck crew.
Panama-flagged tanker, previously hijacked by pirates, and reportedly
proceeding to Nigeria, ReCAAP said.
engineer and oiler sustained minor injuries as a result of a scuffle with the
perpetrators. The remaining crew was safe. No items were stolen from the ship.
was activated and the ship with the remaining 11 crew on board has been
directed to proceed to the port of Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo,” ReCAAP added.
medical team to board the ship to assess the crew’s health condition and
provide assistance and emotional support.
established contact with the ship.
had contacted the relevant authorities and sought the assistance of the
Nigerian Navy to keep a lookout for the tanker and the abducted crew,” ReCAAP concluded.
Congo. As World Maritime News reported, an LPG
tanker carrying out bunkering operations on October 29, around 101 nautical
miles West of Pointe Noire, the Republic of the Congo, was approached and
fired upon by pirates in a speed boat.
procedure and cast off in order to avoid being boarded.
increased speed, managing to escape the pirates.