Six of the 16 crew members of a Liberian-flagged tanker are being held hostage by pirates who boarded the ship in Gulf of Guinea, West Africa Last week, the Danish owner of the ship and the French Navy said on Friday.
Pirates boarded the Monasa Reformer southwest of Port Pointe-Noire, Congo, on March 25 and five days later, the French navy, which was patrolling the area, found the ship off the small island of Sao Tome and Principe north of where it was. attacked.
“The pirates abandoned the ship and brought part of its crew with them,” company spokesman Thorsten Andreasen said in a statement. It did not say how many were kidnapped or how they were kidnapped.
After the pirates boarded the tanker, the crew took refuge in a fortress – a secure area on the ship – in keeping with the ship’s emergency anti-piracy protocol. However, the pirates somehow managed to take some of them hostage. The nationalities of the crew members were not announced, and no details were given about where they were being held.
The pirates later left the Monjasa Reformer, and a French Navy ship, the Premier Maître L’Her, received a message from the remaining crew that six people had been kidnapped. French ship He rushed to the scene and treated three people for minor injuries.
The company spokesperson said the crew members who were not taken hostage were “in good health, safe in a secure environment and receiving appropriate attention following these horrific events.”
Andreasen said no damage had been reported to the ship or its cargo. He did not give more details.
After the attack, the Nigerian ship was escorted by the Nigerian ship towards Lomé, the capital of Togo, according to the French Navy.
The Gulf of Guinea is one of the most dangerous areas in the world for attacks on ships. In June, it was United Nations Security Council Unanimously adopted a resolution strongly condemning piracy, armed robbery and hostage-taking in the region. This hijacking took place in the south, in an area that pirates do not usually attack.
Monjasa reformer It is used in West Africa as part of Mongasa’s global marine fuel operations and was carrying marine gasoil, low sulfur fuel oil and high sulfur fuel oil products.