Posted on May 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates hijacked a vessel at Lome Anchorage, Togo.
Date: 12th of May
Location: Lome Anchorage, Togo
Position: 6°7′60.00″N 1°16′60.00″E
Pirates boarded and hijacked a tanker during the early morning hours of the 12th of May while the vessel was anchored at Lome Anchorage, Togo. The Togo Navy received a call from the vessel owners, informing them that their tanker had been attacked. Having received the news, the Togo Navy immediately dispatched patrol boats to the scene in order to investigate the situation.
The tanker was intercepted some 25 nautical miles from the anchorage and was forced to return to Lome port. The pirates were successfully apprehended by the Togo Navy and handed over to the appropriate authorities. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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