Posted on December 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel transiting through Nigeria, kidnapping 19 crewmen in the process.
Date: 3rd of December
Location: Bonny, Nigeria
Position: 03°05.5N – 007°06.8E
The Hong Kong-flagged VLCC, NAVE CONSTELLATION was attacked by pirates during the evening hours of December the 3rd while transiting through Nigeria. The attack occurred at approximately 19:20 UTC, while the vessel was transiting some 80 nautical miles south of Bonny. According to initial reports, the pirates managed to board the vessel and kidnap 19 crew members before escaping. The 19 seafarers are comprised of 18 Indian Nationals and one Turkish national.
Reports suggest that the vessel is now safe and under the escort of the Nigerian Navy. No further info as to the fate of the remaining seafarers at this time.
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