UPDATE 3 Kidnap / Sao Tome 01-230121





INCIDENT OVER – CREW MEMBERS RELEASED

 

Event: Kidnap for Ransom

 

Date and Time: 23 January 2021, 0635hrs local

Location: 98nm NW of Sao Tome island, Sao Tome and Principe EEZ

Position: 1°4.130’N, 5°4.220’E

Distance from Shore: Approx. 201nm from coast of Niger Delta

 

Vessel Details

Type: Containership

L x B: 222.1m x 30m

Speed: 16.4kts

 

Event Details

Kidnapped: 15

Injured: 0

Killed: 1

Security Present: None

Damage to Cargo:
None reported

Damage to Vessel:
None reported

Weather: Light Breeze / 5.3mm precipitation

Wave Height: 1.1m

 

Threat Details

Number of Perpetrators: 4

Number of Craft: Not reported

Weapons Seen:
Not reported – likely firearms present

Equipment Seen: Not reported

 

Description: A containership sailing out from Lagos has come under attack in the Sao Tome EEZ. Crew have reportedly mustered in the citadel. Vessel was sailing at over 16kts and then
increased her speed to over 21kts but then with evasive manoeuvres speed decreased and is now drifting.

 

UPDATE 1: MDAT-GoG have reported that the 4 attackers have left the vessel and incident is over. No report yet received on whether any crew kidnapped.

 

UPDATE 2: It has been confirmed that 15 crew have been kidnapped and 1 crew member killed. The 3 remaining crew onboard are sailing the vessel to a nearby port.

 

UPDATE 3: The owners of the vessel MV MOZART have reported that the 15 crew members have been released following negotiations. The crew members are all in good health and will be repatriated back to Turkey as soon as possible.

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