Turkish crew taken hostage off Nigeria

Six Turkish crewmembers working on the Puli chemical tanker were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on Monday.

The incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning, 90 miles from shore. The Nigerian navy has boarded the attacked ship to interview the remaining crew.

Last month, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea agreed to establish combined patrols to bolster security in the Gulf of Guinea, a region that has become the global hotspot for piracy in the last 12 months.

The ship attacked this time belongs to Istanbul-headquarted Kaptanoglu Group.


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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