German boxship City of Xiamen seems to be released, cargo stolen
German boxship City of Xiamen seems to be free from pirates, arriving on Malabo Road either late at night Apr 27 or early in the morning Apr 28. Vessel didn’t sail to the next after Lome port on schedule, Onne. The reason is unknown. The condition of the crew and other details are unknown, too.
Vessel is employed on a FEW1 service, operated by Maersk Line (Port Kelang-Tanjong Pelepas-Lome-Onne -Douala -Walvis Bay -Port Kelang). It means vessel came to Gulf of Guinea from Port Kelang, loaded with Asian consumer goods. It may be assumed, then, that the pirates attacked and hijacked vessel in order to steal the goods, already having the information about the goods they were after, and their location.
If that’s the case, then, it will be the first known case of hijacking a container ship for stealing its’ goods in Gulf of Guinea. Surely, more are to come.
My source in Nigeria wrote to me:
I’ve been talking around to locals, they say the piracy actually is backed by the State, short of openly. Too many people profit from piracy, to believe in sincere wish to curb it.
See map with hijack route tracking at http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/352/German-boxship-City-of-Xiamen-seems-to-be-released-cargo-stolen