Cargo vessel Kota Budi (IMO 9638630) was reported boarded by armed pirates off Benin, West Africa. Maritime security consultancy Dryad Global said that five Chinese national crew members were kidnapped from the vessel.
According to Dryad the vessel could be seen to have been drifting at the time of the incident at 153nm offshore. AIS indicates that the vessel has been in position for about a week, having previously visited the Nigerian port of Warri.
Dryad said that this was the seventh incident this year in the waters off Benin. The number of kidnapped personnel in maritime incidents off West Africa this year has now reached 80, with the number of kidnapping incidents up 26% year on year.
2013-built, Singapore-flagged, 20,886 gt Kota Budi is owned and managed by Pacific International Lines of Singapore. ISM manager is PIL Ship Management Shanghai of Shanghai, China. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Hong Kong) on behalf of Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd (listed here as being built in 2011).