Six crew abducted from boxship off Equatorial Guinea

Vessel trackers and maritime security specialists are reporting a kidnapping incident off Equatorial Guinea.
Dryad Global has reported six crew from a containership were abducted yesterday near to where a similar recent kidnapping incident on an OSV took place.

FleetMon suggests the boxship involved is the 5,500 teu Tonsberg, which was en route from Cameroon to Benin, something backed up by the tracking of the ship’s route by MarineTraffic (see map below). The 2001-built ship is run by Greece’s Technomar Shipping.

This latest attack brings the total number of kidnapping incidents in 2021 to 10 and the number of kidnapped personnel to 76.

The Gulf of Guinea has been one of the world’s hot spots for piracy and armed robbery over the last decade.

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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