Dutch ship owner ForestWave Navigation issued an update on Apr 23 with regards to general cargo ship FWN RAPIDE pirates attack. According to Company’s Statement, 12 seamen out of total 14 on board were kidnapped:
Groningen, April 23, 2018 – Managers ForestWave regret to confirm that following an attack by pirates in the early hours of Saturday April 21 off the coast of Nigeria a total of 12 crewmembers have been taken from its general cargo vessel FWN Rapide. Two of the remaining seafarers are safe and unhurt. FWN Rapide has meanwhile been moved to a safe position.
ForestWave would like to stress its main priority is to establish contact with the missing seafarers and secure their earliest and secure return. The company’s Emergency Response team is working around the clock and is liaising with the local and international authorities . ForestWave together with its local organisations are in close contact with the families of the valued seafarers to support them in these difficult times.
Finally ForestWave would like to compliment its two crew members for their courageous and professional handling of the situation and moving FWN Rapide to a safe location after the attack.
ForestWave will not be providing any further information in order not to jeopardise the safety of those involved.
Comment: The news is very alarming, because kidnapping of most of the crew is turning into a new Nigerian piracy trend. Sailing in Nigerian waters is becoming more dangerous, than ever.
General cargo ship FWN RAPIDE, IMO 9320520, dwt 10609, built 2005, flag Netherlands, manager FORESTWAVE NAVIGATION BV.