Two dead in Gulf of Guinea hijackings

Stephen Spark

Two pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea have resulted in two fatalities and raised fresh doubts over the effectiveness of the Nigerian Navy (NN) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

On 3 February, the deputy captain was killed and three crew members abducted from Aeolos Management’s Malta-flagged 149,282gt VLCC Kalamos.

This incident followed the death of a sailor and the abduction of seven crew members following an attack on a fishing vessel off Togo on 28 January.

Kalamos was targeted while at anchor off Qua Iboe, Nigeria, waiting to load, according to the London-based International Maritime Bureau. Guardian Global Resources (GGR) said the ship, which had reportedly been detained over alleged non-payment of fees, had armed NN security personnel on board, provided by the NIMASA.

Shortly before 2200 on 3 February, 14 or 15 assailants in two speedboats approached the ship, which had a crew of 23 Greek and Pakistani seafarers. Some of the gang managed to get aboard and tried to seize the Greek chief engineer, the 2nd engineer, and two ABs.

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