No contacts with German boxship City of Xiamen, relatives asking for help
German boxship City of Xiamen is still anchored on Malabo Road, Equatorial Guinea, after pirates attack, details given below. Maritime Bulletin got a second plea from relatives of the crew, they can’t contact the crew and don’t know what to do and whom to ask for information. Anyone who has any information with regards to vessel and crew please advise: email@example.com
German boxship City of Xiamen attacked by pirates at around 22:00 LT Apr 25 13 in approximate position 03 48N 005 54E (some 36 nautical miles south of Brass), while en route from Lome, Togo, to Onne, Nigeria. A distress call on Channel 16 VHF was intercepted by one of the vessels in the area, City of Xiamen reported being pursued by two speed boats. Vessel was attacked by 14 pirates, crew hided in citadel, but pirates broke in and hijacked the Master, Chief Officer, Chief engineer, 2nd and 3rd engineers. Pirates used previously hijacked offshore speed passenger boat Utai 8 as mother-ship.
The accident remains a mystery. Was there any cargo stealing, or wasn’t? That’s very important. The whole accident is unclear – vessel was controlled by pirates for about 24 hours, unnecessarily much time for taking hostages. What were pirates doing on board of the vessel? Why did the vessel, after pirates left, sail to Malabo, not to initial port of destination Onne, which was accidentally, much closer?