Three Bourbon seafarers kidnapped off Nigeria

Paris: French offshore service provider Bourbon yesterday issued a release admitting that one of its ships, Surfer 1440, was boarded off the Nigerian coast on the night of April 8. Three Nigerian crewmembers were kidnapped.

“An emergency unit based in Nigeria has been immediately activated,” Bourbon said in a release.

Surfer 1440 is part of Bourbon Offshore’s Surferseries crewboats.

The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa has become one of the world’s hotspots for piracy in the last couple of years.


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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