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Four crew members kidnapped by pirates off Cameroon

09 Apr 2019
Four seafarers have been kidnapped from a Liberian-flagged container vessel whilst at anchor in the Port of Douala off the coast of Cameroon.

The incident involving Contship Oak occurred on March 30, 2019, is the latest abduction in the Gulf of Guinea, which has become a global hotspot for modern piracy and attacks against ships.

A recent report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlighted how increasingly dangerous the waters between Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo have become with a surge of pirate activity that has doubled since last year.

ITF Seafarers’ Section chair, Dave Heindel said today: “Our thoughts are with the four seafarers and their families. This is an incredibly stressful time for everyone involved and requires an urgent response.” 

“We are waiting for more details to emerge, but what we can say is that it is not acceptable for seafarers’ to put their lives at risk in the notorious waters in the Gulf of Guinea. The industry has repeatedly called for the coastal states to effectively exercise their obligations of securing the safe transit and mooring of ships.

“The refusal to allow ship owners additional security and the deployment of armed guards on vessels is not only risking seafarers’ lives but is also counterproductive to the economies of nations in the gulf through their failure to secure their coastlines against piracy attacks.

“The burden is currently falling on the shoulder of seafarers and shipowners which must stop. We invite the governments of the Gulf of Guinea to engage with the ITF and the maritime industry to find effective solutions, so these incidents cease to continue,” concluded Heindel.
 

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Armed guards service available at Douala
2 months 2 weeks ago

Dear All,

We are Pegasus Maritime and Logistics, acting as a security company. We are based in Douala and covering all Cameroon ports with our below services :

- armed guards at Douala Anchorage and in the Channel
- Non-armed guards alongside and escorting in the Channel
- Stowaways research with research dogs

Please feel free to contact us at pegasusmarsec@gmail.com we shall revert with a tailored solution.

Best regards.

Eric Luu
2 months 1 week ago

I am currently at these water. All i can do is, now, pray and taken diligent watchkeeping. Everyday i an worring about when this will gonma happen to us.
These Arm Guard Companies are something. Why govnmts of GOG not taken action?