The abduction of four seafarers from the Greek tanker “Agisilaos”. A vessel for transporting liquid chemicals, sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands. On the night of November 29-30, approximetly 72 nautical miles from the port of Lome a pirate attack took place. According to Dryad’s report, four crew members were captured – citizens of Russia, Romania and the Philippines. The rest of the crew are safe.
Initially, the security services considered this a possible robbery, but later it turned into the abduction of four crew members. The Dryad Global reported that only after series of active maneuvers continuously changing directions the vessel was able to slow. However, despite the Capitan’s professionalism and dexterity pirates managed to border the vessel and captured 4 of 23 crew members. The tanker reached and anchored at the port of Lome on 30 November at about 03:30. Although the attack occurred on November 29 at 21:20.
Therefore, the ship’s manager said that Capital Ship Management has activated its emergency response team to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The safety and timely return of the team is their top priority.
Praesidium reports that a few days earlier on 26 November from the Saint Kitts and Nevis-flagged cargo vessel “Milan” pirates abducted 10 crew members. In addition, the attack took place in the vicinity of Factory Point, 13 nautical miles northwest of FPSO Pennington, Nigeria.
The increase in the number of piracy attacks has raised concerns about the many calls for increased security in the Gulf of Guinea. Dryad says that in total 122 crew members abducted from ships operating in the region this year.
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