The "FSL Singapore" was boarded by two perpetrators in a canoe, in position 006 17 48.0 N, 003 19 18.0 E, on the Apapa-Lagos secure anchorage, Nigeria, on Jan 4, 2019, at 12.25 a.m. The vessel was conducting a ship-to-ship (STS) operation with another tanker. The security patrol personnel on the forward part of the cargo deck sighted the perpetrators and informed the on watch 2nd officer, who raised the general alarm. On hearing the general alarm and seeing the security patrol, the two perpetrators jumped overboard into the sea and escaped. The "FSL Singapore" reported the incident to the Nigerian naval patrol vessel NNS "Bini".
The six crew members taken hostage from the "MSC Mandy" near the Benin coast have not been located. The kidnappers have not yet made contact. Between Jan 1 and 2, eight to ten pirates seized the container ship in the territorial waters of Benin, stole stores and kidnapped six men There were between 24 and 26 people on the ship, including 20 Russians, four Ukrainians and two Georgians. The ship was sailing from Lome to Lagos when it was attacked. After the incident, the ship continued to Nigeria before returning on Jan 5 to the main port of Benin. Diplomats visited the ship and met with crew members in the port of Benin. Several replacement crew members, including a captain, were brought on board. None of the crew members were injured.
The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) was setting up a team to negotiate with the pirates who kidnapped six Russian sailors from the "MSC Mandy" off the coast of Cotonou, Benin Republic, on Jan 2. They have engaged security experts and were creating a team for contacting the pirates. The team will include lawyers, negotiators, and employees of a company that deals with security. The company had already recruited experts who had provided recommendations on a plan to rescue the abducted seamen and has also communicated with the Russian Embassy in Nigeria, asking it to influence the Nigerian authorities When the ship was raided and looted, pirates took the captain, his chief mate, and six Russian sailors captive. There were 23 Russians and a Ukrainian citizen on board. The ship then docked at the port city of Cotonou. The Russian Embassy in Nigeria swas cooperating with the Nigerian government in order to track down the location of the captives.
According to a report, dated Jan 5, 2019, two Ukrainian sailors, who were crew members of the bunker tanker "Anuket Amber" and the "Ark Tze" were released by pirates, who had been abducted by pirates on Oct 29, 2018, off Pointe Noire, Congo. This information was officially confirmed by the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs. It was expected that the released crew members will be repatriated in the coming days.
Indonesian authorities were searching for the missing "Namse Bangozod", but no trace has yet been found. The tanker’s AIS track disappeared after a hectic track on Jan 7, 2018. The tanker was already on Jakarta anchorage according to the track but in fact wasn’t. The tanker was declared missing by the Indonesian Maritime Authorities since Dec 28, 2018. The ship with 11 crew members on board and loaded with palm oil left Sampit, southern Kalimantan, bound for Jakarta. The contact got lost on Dec 28. A large-scaled search across the Java Sea didn’t reveal any results. The ship’s AIS re-emerged on Jan 6, though the track was kind of confused. All other available AIS don’t have ship’s records since November 2018. It was not ruled out that the tanker has been hijacked.