…As Chinese longliner burned out, 18 crew rescued***
Contrary to ochestrated claims of improved safety of vessels and crew within the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), daring pirates struck two bulk carriers Thursday morning, and carted away personal effects, after abducting 17 crew members.
The Maritime First Newspaper learnt that the kidnappers snatched eight persons from MARMALAITA and few hours later, swooped on the Victory C, from which they abducted 9 crew members.
The attack on both ships were in the morning of Thursday at Douala anchorage, Cameroon.
Thr Bulk carrier VICTORY C was attacked at position 03 52N 009 31E, at around 0130 UTC on August 15.
The Ship’s name wasn’t initially revealed, except that it was only a Liberia-flagged Greek bulk carrier.
It was nonetheless indicated that 9 crew out of a total 21 were kidnapped, all of them, Asian nationalities and, Chinese nationalities.
The bulk carrier VICTORY C which was later found to be on that unique position at that point, was said to have arrived Douala Anchorage on Aug 12, and officially positioned in 03 52N 009 31E.
She has since changed her position after being attacked on August 15, starting around 0130 UTC.
And Shortly afterwards, a General cargo ship, the MARMALAITA was also attacked by pirates at Wouri river estuary anchorage, Douala, Cameroon, in the morning August 15, just few hours, after VICTORY C attack.
Eight crew were kidnapped, including three Russian citizen.
MARMALAITA had arrived at Douala outer anchorage on August 13 from USA via Equatorial Guinea.
Safety Authorities in the Gulf of Guinea had consistently made futile claims of acquiring mechanisms by which they had significantly improved security of trading ships and crew.
One of such authorities is the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
In the meantime,Tuna fishing vessel JIN XIANG 6 caught fire and burned out on Aug 16 in South Pacific W of Tuvalu.
18 crew were rescued by sister fishing vessel JIN XIANG 7, directed by Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion.
Additional reports from Fleetmon