Nine crew member of Norwegian ship has been seized by pirates off the Benin coast, West Africa, the latest in the series of kidnapping incidents in the Gulf of Guinea.
The kidnapped Norwegian-flagged shipping vessel was carrying mineral gypsum, owner JJ Ugland reported. The mineral used to serve as fertilizer. The remaining crew of the Norwegian ship further reported the incident to local authorities and MV Bonita docked in the largest city of Benin.
International Maritime Bureau has demarcated the Gulf of Guinea as the most dangerous piracy hotspot globally. In 2019, nearly sixty-two seafarers have abducted from Nigeria, Togo, Guinea, Benin and Cameroon shores.
Piracy incidents ratio has somehow declined worldwide but it grew in Benin. There are also growing fears that Benin could be titled as an area, threat to shipping. In recent months, many cases of abductions in the Gulf of Guinea have filed. In August, 8 crew of German-owned ship captured in Cameroon while ten Turkish sailors held in July near Nigeria.
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