Posted on May 07, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates hijacked a vessel transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.
Date: 5th of May
Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 03 04N – 007 59E
A tug was attacked by pirates in the afternoon of May the 5th while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. Reportedly, the vessel was successfully hijacked and then used to attack a merchant vessel transiting through the GoG.
At approximately 08:38 UTC on May the 6th, the vessel was reported as being safely escorted by military assets. Vessel and crew are now safe.
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