One crew member reported killed, six kidnapped, in Gulf of Guinea piracy attack

A Chinese-owned fishing vessel was reported as having been attacked by pirates early on December 30th. One crew member was killed during the attack and up to six were kidnapped.  The crew members were understood to be from Ghana and Mali.

Local monitoring operation MDAT-GoG reported a boarding at 03:00 local time on December 30th within the territorial waters of Equatorial Guinea. Dryad Global said that the victim vessel was a Chinese-owned fishing ship in the Mbini area of Equatorial Guinea. Dryad placed the vessel at about 12nm northeast of the FPSO Ceibo. Dryad said that the Chinese vessel was approached by a speedboat with an unknown number of perpetrators on board, adding that “the perpetrators are believed to have been armed and one crew member is understood to have been killed in the attack. Reporting indicates that six personnel, including the captain, have been kidnapped from the vessel.”

Dryad said that this was the eleventh kidnapping incident within West Africa in 2021, with 82 crew members kidnapped during the year. However, the vast majority of these were earlier in 2021. Recent efforts by Nigerian and international forces have helped reduce the number of attacks.