Global piracy down, but Gulf of Guinea sees a spike

Global piracy down, but Gulf of Guinea sees a spike

There were 121 crew members kidnapped on ships attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in 2019, representing a more than 50 percent increase despite global trends that saw a decline in overall piracy incidents. “This equates to over 90 percent of global kidnappings reported at sea with 64 crew members…

Russia says missing crew of pirated ship believed to be in Nigeria

Russia says missing crew of pirated ship believed to be in Nigeria

Russia’s foreign ministry says it is closely following developments since pirates attacked a ship off the coast of West Africa last week and is assisting with negotiations over the safety of eight crew members held hostage. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking at a press conference from Pyatigorsk while attending…

Six still missing after West African pirates storm tanker

Six still missing after West African pirates storm tanker

Another six sailors have been taken hostage, after pirates stormed an oil tanker in the dangerous Gulf of Guinea. Their abductors boarded the APECUS, a Palau-flagged vessel at anchor off Bonny Island in Nigeria, at about 1:30 p.m. last Friday. They escaped with the six crew members, leaving the others…

Pantelena crew in Togo after tanker hijacking

Russia’s TASS news agency reported Tuesday that the sailors aboard the oil tanker Pantelena are in good health, and still in Togo at the port of Lomé as Russian diplomats in Gabon arrange to meet with them. “The sailors remain onboard the vessel, Togo’s authorities are dealing with them now,”…