Kidnapping - 108nm South Cotonou

Reporting indicates that the F/V IRIS S was attacked 108nm South Cotonou resulting in the kidnap of 5 crew.

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Kidnapping

DTG

31 May 2021, 1930UTC

Position

04° 33.8 N 002° 32,2 E

Location

108nm South Cotonou

Vessel Dimensions

62m x 12m

Vessel Type

F/V

Source Confidence Level

High

108nm South Cotonou

Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that the F/V IRIS S (IMO8210493) was attacked and boarded 108nm South Cotonou resulting in the kidnap of 5 crew.

The vessel was reportedly attacked by armed men on two speedboats. 

Pirates are understood to have stolen crew properties and kidnapped 5 crew members understood to be comprised of the following individuals:

Captain- S. Korean

Chief Officer- S. Korean

Second Officer - S. Korean

Chief Engineer - S. Korean

Engineer - Filipino

108nm South Cotonou

Dryad Analysis

This latest incident follows a recent threat warning issued by MDAT-GoG indicating a HEIGHTENED risk from piracy within the following areas:

05°00’N – 002°30’E

05°00’N – 005°00’E

02°30’N – 005°00’E

02°30’N – 002°30’E

Thus far within 2021 there have been 61 personnel kidnapped across 6 incidents from vessels operating within the Gulf of Guinea.

Trends across the past 18 months have indicated a broadening of the piratical footprint within the Gulf of Guiana, beyond the traditional heartland of the Nigerian EEZ. Incidents of kidnapping throughout the Gulf of Guinea are currently tracking below 2020 volumes with 6 incidents recorded in 2021 against 11 over the same time frame in 2020. Despite this volumes of personnel kidnapped are showing a slight increase with 61 personnel kidnapped in 2021 against 57 across the same time frame in 2020.

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