OCEAN CENTURION (unconfirmed) hijack off Lome, Togo - 0430Z 16 July 2013

In West Africa, the IMB has reported an attack on a product tanker, subsequently named by public media but not confirmed as OCEAN EXPLORER 46m SSE of Lome, Togo, at 0430Z on 16 July 2013:

Armed pirates in two speed boats approached, boarded and hijacked a product tanker. They took hostage all crew members, stole their personal belongings and ordered the Master to sail south and then north towards the Togo/Benin border where they disembarked and escaped via a speedboat, 12m from the coast. The Togo Navy was informed about the hijacking and a patrol boat was dispatched which escorted the tanker to Lome anchorage for investigation. Two crew members were injured during the incident and were transferred to a clinic for medical attention.' 

The colour key for Google earth images is:

Red      Hijacked vessel, kidnapped crew or attack in progress.
White   Failed or aborted attack.
Yellow Pirate action group (PAG) or mother ship.
Green  Suspicious approach, incident or activity.

 

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