Posted on January 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel had its crew kidnapped while sailing off the Coast of Benin.

Category: Attack/Kidnapping

Date: 1st of January

Location: Benin, Gulf of Guinea

Position: 05°28N -  002°21E



According to the Russian Embassy in Benin, the current location of the seafarers that were captured in the attack on MSC Mandy earlier last week is unknown. Representatives from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have stated that the kidnappers have yet to contact the company.

The crew of MSC Mandy have since then stated that the pirates approached the vessel on speedboats. There was a total of eight to ten pirates, all of whom spoke English. They reported no injuries among the crewmembers as a result of the attack. 

The seafarers have access to the internet and mobile communication with their families and friends and will remain in the vessel until the ship arrives at its destination port in Russia.

After the attack, MSC Mandy proceeded to the port of Cotonou, Benin where new crewmembers joined the crew (Including a new Captain), in order to replace the ones that have been taken hostage.

The vessel left Benin's territorial waters on January the 6th. 


Original Story Below:


Panama-flagged containership, MSC Mandy was sailing through the Gulf of Guinea, some 55 nautical miles south of Cotonou, Benin, when the vessel was attacked by pirates.

Having boarded the vessel, the pirates kidnapped six seafarers.

MSC Mandy has since then moved on to Cotonou and the remaining crew members are safe. 



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Posted in News , Piracy , Security , Benin , Gulf of Guinea , Kidnapping

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