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Kidnapping – 52nm West Port Libreville

By March 22, 2020Incident Reports

Kidnapping of Crew


22 March 2020 0726hrs UTC


0°33’N, 008°25’E

Ship Dimension

139 x 23

Vessel / Cargo



52nm West Port Libreville

Source Confidence Level


Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that the Portuguese flagged container vessel MSC TALIA F was baorded resulting in the kidnap of 7 crew. It is believed that the vessel has a crew of 17 all understood to be Ukrainian nationals. The vessel is believed to have been en-route from Lomé to Port Libreville at the time of boarding.

Dryad Analysis

This is the first incident within this area in 2020. Within 2019 there were 4 recorded incidents at Port Libreville and the Owendo Anchorage involving a spate of incidents in December 19. One of those incidents resulted in the kidnapping of four Chinese fishermen and laterly the crew from a vessel transiting from Douala to Port Libreville.

Dryad will continue to update this post as necessary.

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