The traditional late-year burst in piracy activity has continued with a further 10 crew being reported as kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea. Dryad Global reported that St Kitts-flagged general cargo vessel Milan (IMO 8113619)was boarded by pirates near the Pennington Terminal in Nigeria while it was in transit from Escravos, Nigeria, to Douala, Cameroon, resulting in the kidnapping of 10 crew.
The ship was attacked at lunchtime on November 26th in Nigerian waters, about 10 nm off Bayelsa State coast. The ship stopped and started to drift during the night of November 25th for unknown reasons, It drifted to a position it was attacked and apparently boarded. The AIS went off for about two hours at this time, but the ship was still adrift when the signal reappeared.
The total number of crew kidnapped from vessels operating in the Gulf of Guinea in 2020 is now 128 across 24 incidents.
Dryad Global said that this was the sixth boarding incident within Nigerian territorial waters this year 2020. “Recent established regional trends have shown an increase in boarding incidents beyond the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with Nigerian PAG’s seeking to operate beyond the traditional heartland of the Nigerian EEZ”.
1982-built, St Kitts & Nevis-flagged, 1,576 gt Milan is owned and managed by Miro Shipping of Tripoli, Lebanon.