Posted on July 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Turkish-flagged, General Cargo Ship, PAKSOY 1 was the victim of a pirate attack during the evening hours of June the 13th, while the vessel was transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.
According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, as a result of the attack, 10 Turkish nationals working aboard the vessel were kidnapped.
The Paksoy 1 had been transiting from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast when the incident occurred, some 125 miles southwest from the Brass Oil Terminal. 12 armed pirates boarded the vessel and attempted to abduct the unfortunate seafarers.
According to the vessel manager, Kadıoğlu Maritime, members of the crew successfully hid in the citadel. However, the pirates located a few crewmembers that had not managed to get to the citadel in time and threatened to kill all of them unless they surrendered.
The crewmembers of the Paksoy 1 proceeded to comply with the pirates’ request. As a result, 10 crewmen were kidnapped, and 8 were left onboard.
"We contacted those who were not kidnapped and found out that all crew members hid when the assailants boarded the ship. All of them had to come out of hiding when the assailants found some and threatened to kill them if the others did not come out. The assailants then picked 10 sailors at random among all the crew members and let others go,” said Numan Paksoy, Operations Manager for Kadıoğlu Maritime in a statement to the press.
Upon discovery, the vessel was towed to Ghana’s Tema Harbour where it remains.
The Turkish Ministry is in contact with both Nigerian and Ghanaian authorities in order to ensure the release of the captive seafarers.
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