In spite of relevant authorities’ efforts, to the contrary, pirates may have fully taken over the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, as a product ship was this Tuesday morning attacked, less than 23 hours after a cargo vessel was waylaid, and all the crew but two, kidnapped.
The pirates’ attack occurred around 0420 UTC (Nov 17) in the zone, some 60 nm due south from Lome Togo
While the details of the attacked vessel remains sketchy, the Fleetmon reports opined that it was most probably, an Aframax tanker, SKS DONGGANG with IMO Nos.9461855, which was en route from Namibia to Lagos; and was, according to ship tracking, the ship in the area.
But another unconfirmed report indicated that the vessel took evasive actions, even though the likelihood of an escape was yet to be confirmed.
“If it’s SKS DONGGANG, she may well have escaped, or so it looks from her track”, meaning she probably escaped boarding. Details were awaited in terms of the ship’s ID.
Speaking on the development, a concerned industry watcher told the Maritime First that the Minister of Transportation should preoccupy himself with getting the zone safe and secure, rather than grieving that foreign shipowners were ‘parking’ their expensive vessels at Secure Anchorage Area, for a token fee.
“The government that will not invest a dime in ships, would also want to dictate where those who acquired vessels must park them. Nothing can be more ludicrous!” he stated further.