Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates hijacked a vessel off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped its crew.
Category: Hijacking/Possible Kidnapping
Date: 9th of April
Location: Bay of Bonny, Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 03°15.75N – 005°57.6E
A Spanish Navy patrol vessel that had been operating in the Gulf of Guinea located a Merchant Vessel that had not been transmitting AIS. At approximately 12:20 UTC, in the afternoon of April the 9th, they noticed a fast boat leaving the vicinity of the Chemical Tanker, Maria Soltin, carrying 9 POB. In the process of their investigation, it was revealed by the ship's Captain that Pirates had hijacked the vessel over a 4 day period. The Pirates threatened them with AK-47s and 1 RPG.
Onboard nothing was stolen and nobody was injured, but there is a possibility that a kidnapping might have taken place.
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