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World Norway's Ugland says nine crew kidnapped by pirates from vessel off Benin

00:16  04 november  2019
00:16  04 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Pirates kidnap nine crew members from cargo ship off coast of Benin Pirates kidnap nine crew members from Norwegian ship off the coast of Benin

  Pirates kidnap nine crew members from cargo ship off coast of Benin Pirates kidnap nine crew members from Norwegian ship off the coast of Benin Pirates boarded a shipping vessel and kidnapped nine crew members off the coast of Benin in West Africa early Saturday morning, according to J.J. Ugland, the Norwegian shipping company which owns the vessel. The ship, named the MV Bonita, was anchored and awaiting berth at the Cotonou port to discharge a shipment of gypsum when the pirates boarded, J.J. Ugland said in a statement Sunday.The remaining crew members contacted local authorities. The MV Bonita docked at the port later that day. An emergency response team from J.J. Ugland is working with authorities on the case.

Nine of the crew members on the MV Bonita, owned by J.J. Ugland company, were kidnapped by the criminals, as the remaining crew notified the local authorities. Norwegian Shipping Firm J.J. Ugland reports that one of its vessels have been boarded by the pirates , off the coast of Benin on Saturday.

Six sailors were kidnapped when pirates attacked a ship with a Russian crew off the coast of The embassy, citing the Benin Navy, says there were 26 people: 20 Russians, four Ukrainians and two The attack reportedly took place around midnight some 55 nautical miles off Cotonou, a large port city

OSLO, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin on Saturday, and nine crew members were kidnapped, the company said in a statement on Sunday.

A tug boat manoeuvres in the Autonomous Port of Cotonou in Benin on May 28, 2019. (Photo by PROSPER DAGNITCHE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PROSPER DAGNITCHE/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty A tug boat manoeuvres in the Autonomous Port of Cotonou in Benin on May 28, 2019. (Photo by PROSPER DAGNITCHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read PROSPER DAGNITCHE/AFP/Getty Images)

The remaining crew on the MV Bonita notified local authorities, and the vessel docked at the port city of Cotonou later on Saturday, the company said.

"The Ugland Emergency Response Team are handling this situation as per contingency plans, and they are in contact with relevant authorities. ... The families of the crew members have been contacted and will be kept informed by Ugland," it said in a statement.

"Further updates will be given as and when new confirmed information is available and releasable." (Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Alison Williams and Peter Cooney)

Italian ship attacked by pirates in Mexico; two crew hurt .
Italian ship attacked by pirates in Mexico, two crew hurtMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Pirates attacked an Italy-flagged offshore supply vessel in the southern Gulf of Mexico, injuring two crew members, the Mexican Navy said on Tuesday, in the latest outbreak of robbery and piracy to hit oil platforms and infrastructure in the area.

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