Nine crew kidnapped by pirates from JJ Ugland bulker off Benin

Nine seafarers from a JJ Ugland bulker have been taken hostage by pirates off Benin.

JJ Ugland said the bulker Bonita was boarded by pirates on early Saturday morning off Cotonou Port in Benin on early Saturday morning.

Nine crew were kidnapped and taken hostage from the vessel while it was waiting at anchorage to discharge cargo. The remaining crew on the vessel alerted the authorities and the Bonita berthed in Cotonou on the same day.

“The Ugland Emergency Response Team are handling this situation as per contingency plans, and they are in contact with relevant authorities,” the Norwegian shipowner said in a statement.

“The families of the crewmembers have been contacted and will be kept informed by Ugland.”

The waters of West Africa are the worst most dangerous for piracy with 62 seafarers taken hostage in the Gulf of Guinea in the first half the year according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Read more: West Africa seas remain world’s most dangerous for piracy: IMB

Posted 4 November 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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