Posted on October 30, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Pirates boarded a containership sailing off the coast of Nigeria, capturing 11 crew members in the process, on the morning of October the 28th.
The German-flagged, MV Pomerania Sky, was on its way from Luanda, Angola, to the Nigerian port of Onne when it was attacked by pirates, some 60km off the coast of Nigeria.
They successfully captured eleven crew members, including 8 Poles, 2 Filipinos and 1 Ukrainian, while nine others managed to remain on board and are otherwise unharmed.
Midocean (IOM) Ltd, the vessel’s management firm, issued the following statement:
"Our priority is securing the earliest release of the eleven crew who have been taken and we are working closely with our partners and the local authorities to achieve that. The families of those crew members taken are being kept informed of the situation."
The Nigerian Navy has begun an investigation on the attack, and a search and rescue operation has been launched.
Piracy is increasing in Nigeria, and kidnappings are fairly common. 37 out of the 39 crew kidnappings on a global level have originated from the Gulf of Guinea.