‘Attack’ on Swiss ship off the Nigerian coast: Bern

Lester Mason
September 24, 2018

SUSPECTED pirates yesterday kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel in Rivers State, according to the ship owners.

Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday.

AP reported quoting company sources that the pirates boarded the ship using long ladders and cut razor wire on the deck to make their way to the bridge.

"Having destroyed much of the vessel's communications equipment the criminal gang departed taking 12 of the 19 crew complement as hostage".

More than 60 crew were reported kidnapped past year in waters off Nigeria, Africa's leading crude producer, although many attacks are not reported.

"The safety and well-being of those taken hostage is the first and absolute priority of Massoel Shipping".

The Geneva-based shipping company that operates the Glarus, Massoel Shipping, could not be immediately reached for comment. The Switzerland government said none of the crew members were from Switzerland though.

Nigeria's navy and maritime police said they were unaware of the kidnapping and would investigate.

A vessel "sailing under a Swiss flag along the Nigerian coast" has been attacked, the Swiss foreign ministry said in a statement.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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