On 27 February 2018 the Luxembourg-registered 'ST MARSEILLE', owned by the group ST Management S.A.S., was attacked by five armed pirates in Cotonou Bay in the Gulf of Guinea. Two Beninese guards received gunshot wounds during the pirates' attack.
There are no Luxembourgers among the members of the crew. The vessel had no cargo on board, and the pirates eventually fled. No crew members were injured; all are safe and sound.The two injured guards are still in hospital, in a stable condition.
The Crisis Cell, activated by the High Commission for National Protection as part of the emergency response plan in cases of maritime piracy, whose members include representatives of the Luxembourg Maritime Administration, kept a close eye on the situation up to its final resolution.