culminated in the abduction of seafarers have been recorded in the Gulf of
Guinea. It seems that all of these events may be linked.
intercepted by a single speedboat with an undisclosed number of perpetrators in
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Dryad Global and Praesidium International, said in
climb the Comoros-flagged multipurpose ship and proceeded to abduct two crew
members of the vessel, one Russian and one Ukrainian. The kidnappers fled the
region and went to Cameroon. The remaining crew members are deemed to be
by Panama-based Glomar Supplies, VesselsValue’s data shows. The
122.4-metre-long MPP had arrived in Malabo from Abidjan last year in support of
the Ounta Europa LNG project and since then remain within the anchorage area,
occasionally reaching the berth.
be the first piracy incident with successful kidnap ever recorded in the Malabo
anchorage area, according to Praesidium International.
Luba anchorage on the same night. The ship in question is research/survey
vessel Djibloho, managed by Equatorial Guinea Marina Malabo.
Djibloho was boarded by a group of unknown men. Unconfirmed reports indicate
that two Russian personnel may have been abducted as a result.
investigations into both incidents. As per available information, it appears
that the Luba and Malabo incidents could be connected and originate from
matters that have little to share with Gulf of Guinea piracy. As per Malabo,
Luba port has seen no piracy activity over the years, Praesidium International
least one of the two boats has connections to Lithuanian businessman Vladimir
Stefanov, and several potential lighter relations have even arisen between the
two warships, which may possibly mean that there is more to it than just a
the cumulative number of individuals kidnapped in maritime crime incidents
around the area will be 52, Dryad Global stated.
Africa is showing a steady decrease, there is an upward rate in the seriousness
of incidents, especially those including ransom abduction.