Posted on July 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked off the coast of Nigeria.
Category: Attack/Possible Hijacking
Date: 13th of July
Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria
Position: 0258N – 00440E
The Turkish-flagged General Cargo Vessel, PAKSOY 1 was attacked during the evening hours of June the 13th, while transiting off the coast of Nigeria. The incident occurred at approximately 22:30 LT, some 120 miles southwest of the Brass Oil Terminal.
2 Skiffs, each with 5-7 armed POB attacked the vessel. Following the attack, the vessel was left to drift for at least twelve hours, in close proximity to the scene, however, now the vessel is once again underway.
We don't currently know if the vessel & crew are safe. There is a high chance the vessel might have gotten hijacked during the incident.
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