Container ship crew kidnapped off coast of Nigeria

Container ship Pomerenia Sky (IMO 9339583) was attacked by pirates on two speedboats during the morning of October 27th about 50 miles off the Nigerian coast. The master managed to activate the Ship Security Alert System (SSAS). The pirates were said to have kidnapped 11 crew members, including eight Polish citizens, two Filipinos and one Ukrainian. The ship had left Luanda on October 7th, bound for Onne, Nigeria. After the attack the vesseldropped anchor south of Bonny on October 27th with NNS Titan of the Nigerian Navy at her side.

Midocean (IOM) Ltd said on Sunday October 28th that nine others remained on board and were unharmed. “Our priority is securing the earliest release of the eleven crew who have been taken and we are working closely with our partners and the local authorities to achieve that,” Midocean said.

“The families of those crew members taken are being kept informed of the situation,” said the company, noting that the vessel had proceeded to safe waters.

News of the kidnap came only hours after it was revealed that the crew of Switzerland-registered Glarus had been released after a month in captivity.

2007-built, Liberia-flagged, 26,435 gt Pomerenia Sky is owned by Pomerenia Sky Inc care of manager Midocean IOM Ltd of Douglas, Isle Of Man. It is entered with Standard Club (European division) on behalf of Pomerenia Sky Inc.