Event: Kidnap (Level I Incident)
Date and Time: 1 December 2017 0900UTC
Location: 56nm SSW of Bonny, Nigeria
Position: 03°28.5’N, 006°51’E
Type: Bulk Carrier
Freeboard: approx. 4.5m
Description: A report has been received that a merchant ship is under attack 56nm south south west of Bonny, Nigeria whilst transiting between Lagos and Douala.
UPDATE: The pirates managed to board the vessel and the crew mustered in the citadel. At 1840UTC the vessel and crew have been confirmed safe with no pirates on board.
UPDATE 2: Following further information received, it has been confirmed that the Master of the vessel was kidnapped by the pirates after remaining outside the citadel after the crew mustered inside.