11 crew kidnapped from German boxship off Nigeria

11 crew kidnapped from German boxship off Nigeria

Over the weekend pirates boarded a Liberian flagged containership off the coast of Nigeria, seizing 11 crew including eight from Poland.

The attackers struck the German-owned Pomerenia Sky, bound for the Nigerian port of Onne, early on Saturday and abducted 11 of the crew. Nine others remained onboard and were unharmed.

Kidnappings and piracy in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea have been on the rise this 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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