One Crew Wounded As Pirates Board Chinese Heavy Lift Ship in Gulf of Guinea

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At least one crew was confirmed to have been wounded during an attack on a Chinese heavy lift ship ZHEN HUA 7 on November 13th in Gulf of Guinea some 80 nm NW of Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe.

The vessel was reportedly cruising in Gulf of Guinea waters off Sao Tome and Principe since mid-October.

Reportedly, 14 out of total 27 crew were kidnapped, ship’s AIS is on. As of 0300 UTC Nov 15 she was steaming towards Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

First aid rendered by Italian Navy frigate team. Later he was taken by frigate helicopter to Sao Tome hospital.

The Chinese cargo ship was attacked at around 1500 UTC November 13th in Gulf of Guinea some 80 nm NW of Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe.

Understood situation in region will remain dangerous until pirates kidnap enough crews to extort substantial ransom sum or sums.

Each failed attack means there will be soon a new one.

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