Africa

Liberian Government Condemns Piracy Attacks in Gulf of Guinea

The Liberian Government, through the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), has strongly condemned the growing scourge of piracy and kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea. In a release, Liberia calls for urgent multilateral action to address this menace in West Africa.

The release said the call comes after the gruesome and brazen pirate attack on the Liberian flagged containership, the MOZART, which led to the death of one seafarer, and the kidnapping of fifteen others on Saturday, January 23, 2021 about 100 nautical miles off the coast of Sao Tome and Principe.

“The vessel while underway from Lagos, Nigeria to Cape Town, South Africa was boarded by four armed pirates at sea. This attack is yet another in a region that has become the world’s most dangerous waterway for merchant vessels,” the release said.

The Commissioner of Maritime Affairs of Liberia, Mr. Lenn Eugene Nagbe said: “We strongly condemn the attack against this Liberian vessel and her crew. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased, and with those whose loved ones have now been kidnapped. Liberia, as flag State of the vessel, have initiated an investigation pursuant to Article 94 of the United Nations Law of the Sea. We look forward to cooperating closely with the coastal and port States involved, as well as representatives from the governments of the seafarers.”

The vessel and her cargo have been safely moved to Gabon for further instructions.. So far, neither the flag state nor the owners of the vessels have received a call from the perpetrators of this illegal attack. Meanwhile, 15 crew members are still been held, hostage.