Nine crew members of a freighter owned by Norway were abducted on Saturday when a group of pirates stormed the ship off the coast of Benin in West Africa, the shipping company reported.
MV Bonita was anchored ashore while she waited for an anchor in Cotonou port to unload a shipment of plaster, a mineral commonly used as fertilizer when pirates are picked up, JJ Ugland said in a statement Sunday.
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Further details, including the nationalities of the abducted crew members, how much of the crew remained on board and the pirates' belongings were not immediately shared in the interests of crew safety, the company said. It said the families of the crew had been notified.
In a brief update on Monday, JJ Ugland confirmed that the master of the ship was among the abducted.
"We are constantly working on the situation and doing our utmost to keep the nine crew members safe," the company said. "Their families will be reunited as soon as possible."
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The "high risk" region accounts for 86 percent of the hostage-taking crews and nearly 82 percent of the world-wide crew abductions, the IMB said.
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The report notes that the area has had several abductions in recent months, including 10 crew members abducted from a ship in July and 17 taken from two ships off the coast of Cameroon in August. These crew members were held hostage for weeks before being released.
The report further states that there have been no cases of piracy in Somalia so far. Somali pirates abhorrently abducted the US container ship Maersk Alabama in April 2009, holding its captain Richard Phillips hostage and prompting a US-led SEAL rescue operation. Captain Phillips won national attention for his courage.