Four dead and three kidnapped in West African pirate attack

Nigerian-flagged hopper dredger Ambika (IMO 7931026) was boarded by pirates after a firefight that resulted in four deaths, security consultancy Dryad Maritime has reported.

Dryad said that the Ambika was attacked while operating just offshore, about 3nm from the mouth of the Ramos river and about 9nm to the east of the Forcados offshore oil terminal.

A firefight broke out between the security team on board the Ambika and the pirates. Four military armed guards were killed and two were injured, according to Dryad’s understanding of the situation. Three foreign crewmembers (including two Russian nationals and one Indian) were abducted. Five other crewmembers were left behind.

1979-built hopper dredger Ambika, ex name Galilei 2000, was once part of the Jan de Nul fleet, but is now owned by a Lagos-based gas development company with operations upriver from the Ramos river entrance. As of Sunday, she was anchored near the river’s mouth.

1979-built, Nigeria-flagged, 2,153 gt Ambika is owned by Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Ltd care of manager Deep Frontline Shippers Ltd of Lagos, Nigeria.