Maybe not the way the majority around the world sees a solution, but then again…,
Here google translation from a Sysla Newsletter article today:
Researcher believes Ugland hijackers have financial motive
A lot of evidence suggests that economic motives are behind the abduction of nine seafarers from the Norwegian-owned cargo ship Bonita at Benin, according to senior researcher Morten Bøås.
by NTB. Published 04.11.2019 10:20
The ship is owned by Ugland Rederi, which is based in Grimstad.
With the limited information I have, there is much to indicate that this is financially motivated, writes senior researcher Morten Bøås at the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute (NUPI) in an email to
Also read: Ships from Ugland shipping company hijacked in Benin
He believes the nine Philippine hostages have been taken ashore and are hidden to negotiate with the shipping company after the ship was boarded by pirates on Saturday morning.
Benin authorities were notified of the incident of the remaining crew on the same day, and the ship proceeded to the port city of Cotonou in the West African country. Might be moved
The researcher describes the following scenario for what may have happened:
The hijackers enter the boat, do not find as much valuables as they intended, and end up taking hostages to enter into a ransom dialogue with the shipping company. Jihadists had hardly gone after Philippine hostages. For them, they have little symbolic value.
Bøås, who is currently located in Benin’s neighboring Niger, does not rule out that the hostages may be, or already are, transported to one of Benin’s neighbouring countries. They may have the hostages taken out of Benin and over to Nigeria. Then this situation can become more protracted, he tells NRK.
The Ugland shipping company is headquartered in Grimstad, and Bonita is also registered there. The ship is 189 meters long. So far, the company has been scarce with information about the case, but confirms the incident.
Nine seafarers were abducted from the boat as it waited for a port to unload incoming freight, Ugland’s
According to the Benin port authorities, the ship was attacked almost 15 kilometers outside the port’s entrance. The abducted seafarers are the captain and eight of the crew. The other crew is reported to be unharmed.
The company states that they will provide updates when new verified information is available. We have no new information. An intense effort is being made to reach a solution, the Ugland shipping company tells
VG on Monday morning. Dangerous area
The Gulf of Guinea, which stretches from Cameroon to Liberia, has become one of the world’s most dangerous sea areas.
Attacks on ships and abduction of seafarers to demand ransom have become more and more common, especially along the coast of Nigeria. The pirates sometimes force ships to change course for days, long enough to supply the cargo and demand ransom to set the crew free.
The hijackings create major problems for international shipping in the area.
Globally, though, the number of pirate incidents and armed robberies at sea has decreased over the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period last year. But still the Gulf of Guinea is referred to as dangerous by the International Maritime Buerau (IMB),
The region accounts for 86 percent of seamen being taken hostage and 82 percent of the world’s total abductions, according to the IMB’s third-quarter report.
I can see it now. The morbidly obese oiler, sitting on a bucket. Rifle leaned precariously against the railing, while he reaches for the magazine he dropped. He stretches, unable to move his fat ass from the bucket. He sits back up with a grunt and wipes the sweat from his face.
With a spasmodic jerking of his legs the oiler begins to inch his bucket closer. Having judged the distance, he leans in again, his fat fingers wrapping around the magazine. He holds it above his head as though it is a trophy for his efforts.
He was the one improperly trained, and armed by the master. (Two links in the error chain)