Pirate Attack! 6 Crew Kidnapped Off Tanker


According to an article published by ICC-CCS, an anchored tanker was boarded by unauthorized persons who kidnapped six crew and escaped.

What happened?

Six crew members of a Palau-flagged tanker were kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria last week. The incident occurred at the Bonny Outer Anchorage on April 19, 2019, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre said.

Identified as the 3,100 dwt Apecus, the anchored tanker was boarded by unauthorized persons who kidnapped the six seafarers.

Investigation initiated

The remaining crew reported safe. Nigerian navy notified and investigations are ongoing.

Nigerian pirates recently hijacked another merchant ship, robbing the vessel’s crew. The unidentified ship was freed in the Gulf of Guinea by a Spanish warship on April 9, 2019, having been held hostage by pirates for four days.

The incident was followed by one more pirate attack involving an anchored product tanker off Nigeria. On April 15, four persons armed with automatic weapons boarded an unnamed vessel at Bonny River Inner Anchorage. The onboard Nigerian naval guards returned fire resulting in the persons retreating into their boat and escaping.

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Source: icc-ccs


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