Posted on December 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates kidnapped the crew of a tanker transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.
Date: 15th of December
Location: Lome, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 0423 N – 00203E
The Marshall Islands-flagged Tanker, DUKE was attacked during the morning hours of December the 15th while transiting off the coast of Lome, Togo.
The incident occurred at 08000 hours, some 115 nautical miles south-east of Lome. The vessel had been transiting from Luanda, Angola to Lome, Togo when the attack took place. According to initial reports, six pirates boarded the vessel, and kidnapped 20 seafarers, all Indian nationals, leaving behind a single Nigerian national.
Considering the distance from the shore, it's quite likely that the pirates used a mothership, that allowed them to operate in such a capacity.
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