Reporting indicates that the Portuguese flagged container vessel MSC TALIA F was boarded resulting in the kidnap of 7 crew. It is believed that the vessel has a crew of 17 all understood to be Ukrainian nationals. The vessel is believed to have been en-route from Lomé to Port Libreville at the time of boarding.
This is the first incident within this area in 2020. Within 2019 there were 4 recorded incidents at Port Libreville and the Owendo Anchorage involving a spate of incidents in December 19. One of those incidents resulted in the kidnapping of four Chinese fishermen and laterly the crew from a vessel transiting from Douala to Port Libreville.
Source: Dryad Global