Hijackers Attack CMA CGM Containership


Pirates have attacked the Liberian-flagged 4,360 TEU CMA CGM Turquoise, kidnapping two crew members off the coast of Nigeria, with the remainder of the crew said to be safe, according to gCaptain.

A search is currently being carried out to ascertain the whereabouts of the two missing crew. At this time, there hasn't been any indication to suggest that they have been harmed.

Ian Millan, COO of maritime intelligence firm Dryad Maritime, said: “Kidnap of crew for ransom off the Niger Delta continues with the criminals growing in confidence and operating with impunity as they take crew members from ships in the region from under the noses of naval forces who have neither the resources nor the capability to routinely deter the criminals’ actions outside of their territorial waters.”

PTI previously reported that the MSC Vancouver containership was attacked by pirates, highlighting a global issue in maritime safety.

Technical Paper: Port Security and the Effect of Piracy

A second incident also took place in Nigeria recently, involving the death of a Greek Deputy Captain as the ship was waiting to load at a Nigerian port.

The International Maritime Bureau recently found that the persistency of maritime piracy in 2015 has remained constant, with the total number of vessels boarded increasing by 11%.

This highlights the need for more cooperation among shipping lines and security firms to lower the risks to seafarers and cargo.

Cyber security is also a key issue as the use of digital tools to hack into valuable assets increases, with logistics fims being prime targets.

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