The Alpine Penelope crude oil tanker has been attacked by suspected pirates 76nw SW Cotonou enroute Lagos.
Dryad World-wide, a maritime safety threat administration, declared this in a assertion.
Ten crew of the vessel have been kidnapped. While their names keep on being not known, they incorporate Georgian, Filipino and Ukrainian nationals.
The vessel experienced a total of 24 staff, comprising of citizens of those people nations as at the attack time.
Dryad World wide reported, “source self-confidence level” of the incident is “high” and that destiny of the crew continues to be unclear.
“Within 2019 the waters off Lome and Cotonou witnessed an boost in both of those quantity and severity of maritime crime incidents,” the maritime gurus mentioned.
“Dryad advise that all vessels transiting the space be matter to thorough transit chance evaluation prior to entry into the space and employ entire mitigation measures”.
The newest attack is the seventh in the waters off Cotonou due to the fact January 19.
5 resulted in unlawful boardings offshore, two of which resulted in kidnappings of crew.