Beginning of this week, morning hours of 21st April 2018 kidnapping of the Dutch Freighter crew off Nigeria was reported. 11 crew members went missing, this might be the largest crew kidnapping off Nigeria in recent years.
The general cargo vessel FWN Rapide was attacked and boarded by pirates who then escaped with 11 crew members from the ship out of 14 aboard. The cook hid for two days while the two remaining crew managed to get the ship underway and were reported safe.
Netherlands-based vessel owners ForestWave, said the vessel had come under attack while it prepared to enter Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Bight of Bonny en route from Takoradi, Ghana.
Statement as of 23rd April 2018:
“ForestWave would like to stress that the safety of our seafarers is our absolute priority… We are currently in close contact with the authorities and taking professional advice in order to secure the earliest release of those that are currently being held. Together with our local representatives in the countries of origin of our valued seafarers we are keeping the families of the FWN Rapide crew informed about the situation”
The news is very alarming; kidnapping of most of the crew is turning into a new Nigerian piracy trend. Sailing in Nigerian waters is becoming more dangerous, than ever.