The threat to seafarers remains high in the region with the security services warning that additional incidents are likely in the coming days.
The latest incident, the ninth this morning according to Dryad Global, involved a 38-year old bulk carrier, the Stevia. The 11,990 DWT vessel registered in Cameroon was reportedly sailing from southern Nigeria to Abidjan, Ivory Coast when it was attacked by what is believed to local Nigerian militants. Praesidium reports that the vessel’s speed dropped and was believed to be drifting for about two hours.
An unknown number of perpetrators were believed to have boarded the ship. The security services report that eight of the ship’s crew were abducted. It is the same general area where crew from the Stelios K were abducted a month ago Praesidium reports.
Dryad’s analysis reports that this is the twenty-seventh kidnapping incident in the region in 2020 with a total of 138 people having been kidnapped.
Source: Maritime Excutive (Click for further of the article)