Posted on April 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel anchored at Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana

Ghana Piracy 2019 Gulf of Guinea


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 29th of March

Location: Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana

Position: 004 52 51.6 N, 001 41 25.2 W


Pirates boarded the Maltese-flagged Tankship, Anuket Pearl during the early morning hours of March the 29th. The incident occurred at approximately 02:36 am while the vessel was anchored off Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana. The OOW (Officer on Watch) noticed that pirates had boarded the forecastle of the vessel and remarked that a paint locker door had been left open. 

He proceeded to direct the vessel's searchlights towards the robbers and sounded the ship's horn. Noticing the alerted crew, the pirates escaped the vessel, making off with the ship's stores. 

Takoradi Port Control was informed and the local Marine Police boarded the tanker in order to conduct an investigation. 



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Posted in Risk , Piracy , Security , Ghana , Gulf of Guinea , Africa

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