Posted on October 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel off Port Gentil, Gabon.
Date: 24th of October
Location: Port-Gentil, Gabon
Position: 01°46’00” S 009°09’00“E
A Vanuatu-flagged Offshore Supply Vessel was attacked during the morning hours of October the 24th, while the ship was transiting off the coast of Gabon. The incident occured at approximately 11:45 LT, some 37 nautical miles south of Port-Gentil. The ship was approached and attacked by an unknown number of men.
Some reports suggested the crew had been kidnapped or even a possible hijacking. It is not possible to confirm or deny this at this point. The ship has now been escorted by local authorities to Port Gentil anchorage and a full investigation will begin into the matter.
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