Posted on August 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked two vessels near Douala Port, Cameroon, kidnapping their crew in the process.

Port Douala Attack, Cameroon - Maritime Piracy - August 15th 2019

Category: Attack/Kidnapping

Date: 15th of August

Location: Douala Port - Cameroon

Position: 03° 52’40” N 009°31’12 “E 


A bulk carrier was attacked during the early morning hours of August the 15th. The incident occurred at approximately 01:18 am UTC while the vessel was in the vicinity of Douala Port, Cameroon. According to the initial report, an unknown number of assailants are currently onboard the vessel. 

At approximately 02:32 am UTC, a general cargo vessel was attacked in the same area.

Both attacks resulted in the pirates kidnapping the crew members of the two vessels. According to initial reports, the Master and the Chief Engineer of the bulk carrier are considered missing. The Cameroonian Navy is conducting a search of the area at the moment.

Information courtesy of Praesidium International. 


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Posted in Security , Piracy , Cameroon , Gulf of Guinea , Africa , Attack , Kidnapping

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