Coastal freighter attacked, 8 crew kidnapped, Gulf of Guinea

General cargo ship STEVIA was attacked and boarded by pirates sometime between 0500-0530UTC Dec 16 in Gulf of Guinea southwest of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, see map. 8 crew reportedly, were kidnapped. STEVIA resumed sailing at around 0730 UTC at a reduced speed, was adrift at 1100 UTC, probably waiting for assistance. The ship was re-flagged in May 2020 and most likely, is operated and owned by local company. Up until May, she was Bulgaria-flagged and owned. She’s trading is Gulf of Guinea waters since Oct 2020, at the time of attack she was en route from Port Harcourt to Abijan Ivory Coast.
General cargo ship STEVIA, IMO 8107000, dwt 11990, built 1982, flag Cameroon, manager?

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.