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Pirates kidnap Crew Members from MSC Containership off Benin

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crew members have been reported missing following a pirate attack on one of
Mediterranean Shipping Company’s containerships off the coast of Benin, West

A small containership was attacked on
January 2, 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea and several crew members were reported as
missing, a spokesman for MSC confirmed to World Maritime News.
“MSC quickly secured the vessel and its
cargo and ensured the safety of the remaining seafarers on board,” 
the spokesperson added.
“Out of respect for the missing crew
members and their families, MSC has no further comment for the time being.”
Media reports suggested that the vessel
in question was the 46,852 dwt MSC Mandy.
According to a warning notice issued by
NATO’s Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG), the
vessel was attacked and boarded by pirates some 55 nautical miles off the coast
of Cotonou, while it was traversing through the Gulf of Guinea.
AIS data provided by MarineTraffic shows
that the 2,668 TEU ship, which was sailing from the port of Lome, Togo, is
currently anchored off Lagos.
World Maritime News.

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