Eight seafarers kidnapped off Nigeria

The Russian embassy in Nigeria has confirmed seven Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been kidnapped after an attack on the German MPP vessel BBC Caribbean. The incident happened on February 5. Efforts are now being made to locate the seafarers and begin dialogue with the kidnappers.

It comes as attacks in the area have picked up in recent days with the Nigerian navy reporting three separate piracy attempts in the past five days.

Nigeria is looking to pass an anti-piracy law whereby the country will boost surveillance and intelligence on Nigerian waters.

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.


  1. we experienced attacked in that area april of last year it seems the nigerian navy are not doing their job. we stay in citadel for almost 13 hrs no nigerian navy come to our rescue inspite of short distance 30 miles sw of allianza two of our crew was abducted who failed to reach in our hiding place.international community also are not helping. its been a long time pirates roaming in that area but no action was been made. please do something to protect us seafarer

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