Nineteen crew members of a tanker vessel identified as Nave Constellation by Dryad Global were taken by pirates on December 3, 2019, while the vessel was sailing some 100 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria.
The kidnapped crew members are said to be 18 of Indian nationality and one of Turkish origin.
According to the report, seven crew members are still on board the tanker, listed as part of Navios Tankers Management’s fleet.
The maritime security company did not disclose the source of the incident report, however, it has categorized the source of high confidence level.
Dryad added that the incident occurred 26nm SE of the Egina terminal, stressing that ships conducting operations at the Egina, Usan and Serpentina terminals are operating at heightened risk in the medium to longer term.
World Maritime News has approached several piracy watchdogs and Navios Tanker Management for a comment on the incident and is yet to receive further information.
This is the 6th maritime security incident and the fourth kidnapping incident to occur within 30nm of the South Eastern boundary of the Nigerian EEZ within 2019.
“This is further confirmation of a developing trend of incidents that are assessed to be perpetuated by a well resourced pirate action group, most likely operating from one or more mother-ship vessels.
“It is assessed that this PAG is aware of the limitations of security prescience beyond the Nigerian EEZ and is seeking to exploit traffic conducting operations at or in support of oil infrastructure located along the north eastern fringes of the Nigerian EEZ and within the 60nm channel between the Nigerian EEZ and Bioko Island,” Dryad experts said in a comment.
Call Sign: VRHA4
Flag: Hong Kong [HK]
AIS Vessel Type: Tanker
Gross Tonnage: 157039
Deadweight: 296988 t
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 330m × 60m
Year Built: 2010