By Jite Eriabie
Intercargo has expressed deep concern over the latest piracy attack off Nigeria in which 10 seafarers were kidnapped from a bulk carrier on 14 December.
The 57,000 dwt bulker was enroute from Lagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked by pirates 35 miles south of Brass. The pirates have since released the vessel but are holding 10 of the crew hostage including the ship’s officers.
“As the world and the shipping community are starting celebrations for the New Year, 10 fellow seafarers remain in the hands of criminals. Our thoughts are with the seafarers, their families and their loved ones,” Intercargo said.
The industry association said it served as a vivid reminder of the threat posed to international trade and those who work in by piracy.
“It must be ensured that there is no relaxation or step back in the measures in place against piracy; moreover, efforts and necessary resources fighting piracy must be upgraded primarily in the most vulnerable regions, such as West Africa, the Gulf of Aden, and South East Asian sea corridors,” Intercargo said.