Four seafarers kidnapped

Four seafarers have been kidnapped from a Liberian-flagged container vessel whilst at anchor in the Port of Douala off the coast of Cameroon, according to news released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

The incident involving the Contship Oak occurred on March 30.

ITF Seafarers’ Section chair Dave Heindel has criticised coastal states for “failure to secure their coastlines against piracy attacks” and encouraged governments of the Gulf of Guinea to engage with the ITF and the maritime industry to find effective solutions.

While an International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report for the first quarter of 2019 revealed fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships than the first three months of 2018, incidents were reported in the coastal countries of Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo. In the Gulf of Guinea, 22 incidents were reported in the first quarter.

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