kidnapped from a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker off Lome, Togo, Dryad
largest kidnapping event in West Africa within 2019”, occurred some 115
nautical miles southeast of Lome on December 15, 2019.
19,100 dwt MT Duke, was attacked and boarded by six pirates while sailing from
Luanda, Angola, to Lome with a cargo of fuel oil.
members, the pirates have kidnapped twenty Indian men, while one Nigerian
seafarer is believed to have been left aboard the vessel, according to Dryad.
tanker is owned by UK’s Union Maritime which confirmed the attack:
Ships, and Union Maritime is working closely with them and all relevant
authorities to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The safety and
welfare of the crew remains the top priority of Union Maritime.”
than two weeks after nineteen crew members were kidnapped from the tanker Nave
Constellation off Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Indian crew off Lomé, this brings the total number of kidnapped Indian
personnel within West Africa to 89 since Jan 18, thus making Indian nationals
the highest volume of kidnapped personnel operating in West Africa,” Dryad
incident involving the kidnap of Indian personnel, with one larger event
originating offshore Benin on Feb 1, 18 involving the kidnap of 22 Indian
personnel from the MV Marine Express.”
further said that the newest incident is the 10th maritime security incident
and the 4th kidnapping incident in the waters off Togo this year.
thus far experienced a very slight reduction in number of incidents when set
against those of 2018, however, with 5 kidnaps within 2019 against 0 in 2018
there has been a significant increase in serious maritime crime and there is a
direct increase to the risk facing vessel and crews within this area,” Dryad
Global noted, adding that pirates are likely to be using a mothership vessel to
aid operations deep offshore.
World Maritime News.