Two crew members kidnapped from Dutch ship attacked off Lagos

Pirates attack ship in Lagos  


Pirates kidnapped two crew workers on a ship they attacked off Lagos on Tuesday off the coast of Lagos.

SHIPS & PORTS had earlier reported that the Liberian-flagged refrigerated vessel named ‘Water Phoenix’ was attacked while en route from The Netherlands to Lagos.

The Dutch operators of ship said on Wednesday that it had not established contact yet with the abducted crew members.

The company’s spokesman, Cor Radings, said the attack and abduction were worrisome.

Following the attack, the 4,800-tonne ship and 16 other crew who were unharmed, arrived safely in Lagos, where the vessel was escorted to its berth by the Nigerian navy.

The incident took place in a stretch of the Gulf of Guinea that has a notorious reputation for piracy.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), 77 seafarers worldwide were taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom in the first half of 2020.

The Gulf of Guinea accounted for 90 percent of abductions.