IMB: Pirates Take Eight Crew from Tug off Nigeria

Eight crewmembers have been kidnapped by armed pirates from an offshore tug off the coast of Brass, Nigeria, according to data released by the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.

The pirates boarded the tug while it was some 10.8 nautical miles south of the coast of Brass in the morning hours of April 19. The name of the tug in question was not disclosed.

After kidnapping the sailors, the armed persons escaped from the vessel.

IMB informed that the Nigerian Navy responded to the incident in which one crew was injured and was soon evacuated by helicopter.

World Maritime News contacted relevant authorities for more details on the matter, however, these are yet to reply.

Data from the Piracy Reporting Centre show that another incident occurred on the same day some 59 nautical miles off Brass when nine pirates in a skiff approached and fired upon a tanker underway.

The tanker raised an alarm, started the fire pumps, non-essential crew retreated to the citadel and the vessel increased speed and conducted evasive maneuvers.

IMB informed that, while the Master communicated with the escort vessel, the skiff was seen aborting and moving away.

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

As varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance…

read more >

2nd GREENTECH IN SHIPPING GLOBAL FORUM

Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >