On May 19, in the Gulf of Guinea, pirates attacked the 1982 Ghana-flagged fishing vessel Atlantic Princess.
It was announced that the pirates who boarded the ship in the attack that took place 70 nautical miles south of Tema and Akra, kidnapped 5 crew members. According to Dryad Global, there were 3 Chinese, 1 Korean and 1 Russian sailors among the fishermen who were abducted.
The attack came after the stagnation of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and international aggressive efforts renewed calls to end the attacks on ships in the region. The attack on the Atlantic Princess fishing vessel took its place as the first kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea in nine weeks.
The pirates opened fire!
In the latest incident, it was reported that eight pirates approached the Ghana flag ship 70 nautical miles south of Tema in a speedboat, and 40 nautical miles further south (about 110 nautical miles off) before embarking on the ship, pirates opened fire to the ship. This latest attack also increased the number of personnel abducted in five incidents in the Gulf of Guinea in 2021 to 56, according to Dryad reports.