The 2,668 teu MSC Mandy has been targeted by pirates off Benin with Ambrey Intelligence reporting six crew have been kidnapped. The attack took place 55 nautical miles off Cotonou.
The Panama-flagged was attacked and boarded. The container vessel was outbound from Togo at 12 knots when the attack took place.
The ship is now anchored off Lagos according to vessel tracking services from MarineTraffic.
“MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company confirms that a small container ship was attacked on 2 January in the Gulf of Guinea and several crew members were reported as missing. MSC quickly secured the vessel and its cargo and ensured the safety of the remaining seafarers on board. Out of respect for the missing crew members and their families, MSC has no further comment for the time being,” a spokesperson for MSC told Splash.