By Tola Adenubi
Suspected maritime pirates have kidnapped three crew members from a Lagos bound Togolese flagged bunkering vessel, MT STELIOS K with IMO number 8679209, following failed negotiations for their release with the vessel owners over a period of eight days. This is even as findings revealed that the Nigerian Navy has dispatched a vessel to locate the whereabouts of the vessel.
Suspected pirates had boarded the MT STELIOS K on the 16 of November 2020 at exactly 40 nautical miles South Lome.
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MarsecNews: Note On Monday 23rd, MDAT-GoG updated their previous reports with the below (image shows last position):
WARNING 006/NOV/2020 – UPDATE 08
1. CATEGORY: BOARDING
2. TIME: 23 Nov 2020 at 0900UTC.
3. DESCRIPTION: MDAT GoG has received an update regarding the last position of the boarded MT. The attackers have left the MT. The ship is heading to Lagos, Nigeria. Local authorities have been informed.
4. POSITION: 05°19N – 003°33E (170/65NM off Lagos Nigeria).