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MSC containership crew kidnapped off Benin


A small boxship was targeted by pirates on January 2 off the coast of Cotonou, and several crew members are missing. The attack follows five others reported near Benin last year

Several crew members are reported to be missing following a piracy attack on board a small containership owned by Mediterranean Shipping Co near Benin in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa.

The attack happened 55 nautical miles off the coast of Cotonou shortly after midnight on January 2, according to maritime consultancy Gray Page. 

“MSC confirms that a small containership was attacked on January 2 in the Gulf of Guinea and several crew members were reported as missing,” the company said in a statement.

The Geneva-based company has reported the safety of the remaining seafarers on board, and has secured the vessel and its cargo.

“Out of respect for the missing crew members and their families, MSC has no further comment for the time being,” it said.

Benin is a known area for piracy, with five attacks reported off its coastline in 2018, according to Gray Page.


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