Benin opens investigation into MV Bonita kidnappings

Benin authorities said on Monday that they had opened an investigation into the abduction of nine people from bulk carrier Bonita (IMO 9494060) at the weekend.

The pirates boarded the vessel while it was at anchor on Saturday November 2nd while it was off the coast in the Gulf of Guinea. All those on board were Filipinos, according to the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. After the attack the vessel docked in Cotonou and police started interviewing the remaining crew on board.

JJ Ugland, the vessel owner and operator, said on Monday that the captain of the vessel was among the nine crew abducted. It said that it was “continuously working on the situation, and are doing our utmost to bring the nine crewmembers to safety.”

It said the remaining crewmembers were being cared for and were all in a good condition.

2010-built, Norway-flagged, 32,315 gt Bonita is owned by Ugland Shipping AS and managed by Ugland Marine Services AS of Grimstad, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Ugland Shipping AS.