Posted on May 07, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates fired upon, and attempted to board a vessel transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.
Category: Attack/Attempted Boarding
Date: 3rd of May
Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 02 54.50N 005 24.40E
The Liberian-flagged Oil Product Tanker, LEVANTO was attacked in the evening of the May the 3rd as she was transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The vessel was attacked at approximately 20:50 UTC, some 97 nautical miles southwest of the Brass Oil Terminal. LEVANTO was approached by a single speedboat with armed persons onboard who proceeded to fire on the vessel during the boarding attempt.
The Master of the vessel proceeded to perform evasive manoeuvres and the attackers eventually aborted their boarding attempt. Crew & vessel are considered safe.
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