Hijack and release of the tanker SP Atlanta off Lagos 12 to 13 August 2013
The IMB reports below the hijack and release of an unidentified chemical tanker (attack no: 167-13), subsequently named in the media as Medallion Marine's oil/chemical tanker SP ATLANTA (9,010 dwt), hijacked at anchor off Lagos, Nigeria at 0230Z on 12 August and released on 13 August 2013.
‘12.08.2013: 0330 LT: 06:19N – 003:27E: Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
About 11 pirates armed with guns boarded and hijacked a chemical tanker at anchor. They stole crew personal belongings and caused minor injuries to crew members. On the 13.08.2013 the vessel was released and safely arrived at Lagos anchorage.'
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.