Stowaways threaten ship

Stowaways a significant problem in West Africa.

Nigerian stowaways terrorized bulk carrier crew, Master issued distress signal

Mikhail Voytenko

Bulk carrier FRIEDERIKE requested assistance while en route from Lagos Nigeria to Buenos Aires Argentina, reporting mutiny on board. 4 Nigerian stowaways mutinied and were a threat to crew. Bulk carrier was advised to change course and proceed to anchorage southeast of Montevideo.

Special forces and negotiator boarded the vessel on Oct 21 on approaches to Montevideo, and neutralized stowaways. FRIEDERIKE was taken to Montevideo to disembark stowaways, then moved to Montevideo anchorage. Investigation under way.

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