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Pirates kidnap nine from Norwegian ship off Benin

By November 2, 2019Incident Reports



02 Nov 2019


06 12.6N 002 30.6E

Ship Dimension

189m x 32m  32315GT

Ship Cargo

Bulk Carrier


1 NM south of Z3 SAA

Source Confidence Level


What Exactly Happened

Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that when anchored at Cotonou anchorage area, the general cargo vessel BONITA was boarded by unknown persons. Reporting went on to indicate that the vessel was boarded by English speaking pirates who are alleged to have boarded the vessel while it awaited discharge at Cotonou Port. It is understood that at the time of reporting nine personnel have been kidnapped, with the remainder of the crew considered accounted for and safe.
Our Experts Say

Dryad Analysis

This is the first reported incident within Cotonou within 2019. Whilst a significant incident, there has been a rapid reduction in incidents compared with 5 recorded boarding’s by this time last year.

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