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News ID: 64432 |
Publish Date: 12:32 - 14 April 2016

CMA CGM Ship Attacked by Pirates

The Ghana-based anti-piracy agency Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre (MTISC-GOG) has reported that a second pirate attack occurred in the Gulf of Guinea on April 11, the day of the hijacking of the product tanker Puli.

CMA CGM Ship Attacked by Pirates

 According to MANA,The chartered 4,300 TEU containership CMA CGM Turquoise, under way from Lagos, Nigeria to Douala, Cameroon was boarded in waters about 30 nm off the coast of the Niger Delta. The captain activated the SSAS and the crew retreated to the citadel, but two were captured and kidnapped before they could enter.

World Maritime News and France's Le Marin reported the identity of the vessel as the Turquoise, based on communications with the ship's owner and manager Dioryx Maritime, and with MTISC-GOG and U.K.-based security firm Clearwater.

CMA CGM emphasized that it does not own the Turquoise, and provided the following statement from Dioryx:

On April 12 at 08:35 communication with the Master was re-established. The crew members were counted and all of them were found to be safe except for the Second Officer and the Electrician who were reported as missing. At this stage, their whereabouts is not known and everything is being done, in conjunction with the appropriate authorities, the relative foreign ministries, and specialist advisers, to ascertain where they are. Up until now, there has been nothing to indicate that either of the men has been injured or harmed.

According to MANA,The chartered 4,300 TEU containership CMA CGM Turquoise, under way from Lagos, Nigeria to Douala, Cameroon was boarded in waters about 30 nm off the coast of the Niger Delta. The captain activated the SSAS and the crew retreated to the citadel, but two were captured and kidnapped before they could enter.
World Maritime News and France's Le Marin reported the identity of the vessel as the Turquoise, based on communications with the ship's owner and manager Dioryx Maritime, and with MTISC-GOG and U.K.-based security firm Clearwater.
CMA CGM emphasized that it does not own the Turquoise, and provided the following statement from Dioryx:
On April 12 at 08:35 communication with the Master was re-established. The crew members were counted and all of them were found to be safe except for the Second Officer and the Electrician who were reported as missing. At this stage, their whereabouts is not known and everything is being done, in conjunction with the appropriate authorities, the relative foreign ministries, and specialist advisers, to ascertain where they are. Up until now, there has been nothing to indicate that either of the men has been injured or harmed.
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