Posted on May 07, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates hijacked a vessel transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.
Date: 5th of May
Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 03°03’N 007°52’E
The Maltese-flagged Heavy Lift Carrier, BLUE MARLIN, was attacked in the afternoon of May the 5th while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place sometime after 12:00 pm, some 90 nautical miles southwest of the Brass Oil Terminal. Allegedly, pirates had hijacked a tug transiting through the GoG and used it to attack the HLC.
7 pirates, attacked and boarded the vessel, at which point the Master activated the SSAS, and called for all personnel to muster at the Citadel. Following the alarm, all 20 seafarers onboard the vessel proceeded to muster in the citadel. The pirates then demanded via PA for the seafarers to give up their valuables. They then proceeded to fire through a small hole into the citadel but failed to injure anyone.
At the same time, naval authorities in the area picked up the ship's distress signal and ordered the NATO Patrol Vessel SERVIOLA P-71, which had been deployed in the Gulf of Guinea as part of an international Navy Security mission, to free the hijacked vessel.
A Spec Ops team belonging to the Serviola managed to free the vessel in the morning of May the 6th.
They successfully apprehended the 7 individuals that had attacked the HLC.
Vessel & crew are considered safe and are being escorted back to port.
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