Supply Ship Attacked off Nigeria, 2 Crew Kidnapped

By MarEx 2013-02-19 08:41:00

WALVIS-7, a Nigeria-flagged offshore supply ship of the Nigerian company Sea Tracks Group, was attacked by the pirates near Bonny River, Nigeria on 10 Feb. The Master and Chief Engineer were reported to have been kidnapped.

After days of unconfirmed reports, it was confirmed by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), that twelve heavily armed pirates approached, fired upon and boarded the offshore supply vessel, Walvis 7, which was underway at 1830 UTC in position 03:33.55N - 006:35.39E, around 45nm off Bonny Fairway Buoy, Bonny River, Nigeria.

Reports state that the alarm was raised and most of the crew had retreated into the citadel. However, the Master, from Honduras, and Chief Engineer, from Ukraine, were kidnapped by the pirates who escaped with ship and crew cash, as well as personal belongings.

The remaining 18 Nigerian crew safely sailed into port.

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Source: OCEANUSLive.org

Photo: Offshore supply vessel, Walvis 7, attacked off Nigeria. Shipspotting.com