The Loadstar reported earlier this week that the main piracy hotspot in the world is now off the coast of West Africa, with pirate tactics shifting from robbery to kidnapping. Almost on cue comes the news that a CMA CGM containership has been attacked in the region. According to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre, armed pirates this week boarded the 4,360 teu CMA CGM Turquoise, around 30 nautical miles south-west of Bayelsa Coast, Nigeria. The captain raised the alarm and all crew members, except two, managed to get to the ship’s safety citadel, the report said. After about 12 hours, the crew emerged to discover that their missing crew members had been kidnapped.

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