Container ship CMA CGM Turquoise attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea

CMA CGM TurquoiseThe container ship CMA CGM Turquoise was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 40 nautical miles off Bayelsa State coast, Nigeria. The vessel was proceeding from Lagos, Nigeria to Douala, Cameroon, when a group of heavy armed pirates succeeded to board the vessel in early evening. The Master activated SSAS immediately after noticed the pirates, but two of the crew failed to hide in citadel and were kidnapped by the pirates. The rest of the seamen from CMA CGM Turquoise remained unharmed and left the citadel after 12 hours. It was estimated that the two missing people are hijacked.

The pirates took control of the vessel for several hours. They stole all the jewelry and money from the crew cabins, as well as damaged the navigation and communication equipment. The ship proceeded to Douala outer road, where anchored for further investigation. The local authorities and navy continue to look for resolving of the situation with the two kidnapped seamen, but not reveal their nationalities and other details about the missing crew.

The container ship CMA CGM Turquoise (IMO: 9386471) has overall length of 258.00 m, moulded beam of 31.00 m and maximum draft of 12.50 m. The ship has deadweight of 52,357 DWT, gross tonnage of 40,560 GRT and capacity for 4,600 TEU. The vessel was built in 2009 by Hanjin Subic Shipyard in Olongapo, Philippines.