10 crew kidnapped from product tanker off Nigeria

The Panamanian-flagged Vemahope, a 6,152 dwt product tanker controlled by Piraeus-based Queensway Navigation, was attacked in Nigerian waters yesterday by a speedboat with armed individuals boarding the ship and taking 10 crew as hostage.

Security consultants Dryad Global report the latest attack brings the number of kidnapped seafarers off West Africa so far this year to 42.

The attack is the seventh deep offshore incident within Nigerian waters this year with 2020 looking very much on track to follow the piracy highs seen in West Africa last year.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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