Dutch ship attacked in Nigeria, hostages taken

Dutch ship attacked in Nigeria, hostages taken

Dutch MPP owner ForestWave Navigation has reported that on Saturday morning its general cargo vessel FWN Rapide came under attack from pirates prior to entering the port of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. A number of the ship’s crew have been taken hostage.

ForestWave said it has had some contact with the remaining crew and is now trying to move the ship to a safe location.

“We are currently in close contact with the authorities and taking professional advice in order to secure the earliest release of those that are currently being held,” the company said in a release on Sunday.

The Dutch flagged ship was on its way from Takoradi, Ghana to Port Harourt when it was attacked in an area that has seen pirate attacks increase in recent months.

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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