The six crew members taken hostage from container ship MSC Mandy (IMO 8918966) near the Benin coast have not yet been located and the kidnappers have not yet made contact. Between January 1st and 2nd some eight to 10 pirates seized the container ship in the territorial waters of Benin, stole stores and kidnapped six men There were 20 Russians, four Ukrainians and two Georgians on board at the time. The ship was sailing from Lome to Lagos when it was attacked. After the incident the ship continued to Lagos before returning on January 5th to the main port of Benin. Several replacement crew members, including a captain, were brought on board.
The attack was first reported by the Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG), a NATO partnership operated by the French and British navies. MDAT-GoG collects daily voluntary reports from vessels under way in the Gulf of Guinea.
1993-built, Panama-flagged, 37,071 gt MSC Mandy is owned by Mandy Inc care of Mediterranean Shipping Co of Geneva, Switzerland. ISM manager is MSC Shipmanagement Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co.