The pirates, who kidnapped eight sailors, one Ukrainian, three Russians and four Filipinos, from the "Marmaita" off Cameroon, contacted the ship owner Marconsult. A ransom for their release was being negotiated. The talks can last for up to two weeks and the amount of ransom will not be revealed for the captives’ security. The health condition of the Russian captives was said to be satisfactory, and an agreement was reached to supply them with medicines against malaria. The pirates were Nigerians, and presumably, the sailors were taken to Nigeria. An emergency response group was negotiating the release of sailors Russia’s Foreign Ministry said its diplomats are working with Cameroonian officials to accelerate the process of the release of the Russian citizens. The vessel itself was not seized.
On Aug 11, 2019, at 7.30 a.m. the Duty Able Seaman aboard the "Kota Waris" which was moored in pos. 10:44.3N 106:46.2E, at the Phuoc Long Mooring Buoy No. 03, Vietnam, on routine rounds noticed two robbers armed with knives trying to break into the steering gear room. The Duty Officer was notified. Alarm was raised and the crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped. Nothing was reported stolen. The "Kota Waris" on Aug 20 was nearing Telok Ramunia, Malaysia, en route to Singapore
According to statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine government was closely monitoring the status of 13 Filipino seafarers, who were abducted in two separate incidents of piracy off the waters of Cameroon last week, one involving the "Marmalaita", the other the "Victory C". Instructions were issued to the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria, which has jurisdiction over Cameroon, to verify the report, and make the appropriate representations with the concerned authorities to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino seafarers. The MC-Schiffahrt, the owner of the "Marmalaita", stated that it has assembled an emergency response team and was "doing its utmost" to deal with the case, in cooperation with all relevant authorities and crew managers. The "Marmalaita" was boarded by armed pirates at the Douala Anchorage on Aug 15 at 2.30 a.m. The Cameroon Navy was informed and dispatched a patrol vessel. When the crew members emerged from their hiding in the citadel, they found that eight crew members missing, presumed abducted. Investigations were said to be ongoing.
Armed men in a suspicious boat approached and fired upon the "Joseph Wisdom", which was coming from Douala, in position 04.09.60N, 008.22.50E, 23 miles from the Nigerian coast on Aug 14, 2019, at 3 p.m. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered in the citadel. The Master took evasive actions resulting in the men in the boat abandoning the attack and fleeing the area.
The chief engineer of the "Sichem Rio" has been attacked by armed robbers aboard the tanker while it was anchored off Tanjung Priok in Indonesia. The assault happened shortly before sunrise on July 31, 2019. Six armed robbers sneaked aboard the tanker, where they attacked and wounded the man who was conducting a round on the ship. An alarm was sounded and the crew mustered, causing the robbers to flee. The assault was the second in this area over the past month as robberies and thefts continued to be a problem in ports and anchorages in Indonesia. The British security adviser Gray Page encouraged ships to keep a tight watch when they are in the area.