Aframax tanker attacked in Gulf of Guinea UPDATE attack confirmed, 4 kidnapped

Nov 5 UPDATE: 1 Greek, 2 Filipino and 1 Georgian were kidnapped, and most probably, Captain is among them. 1 guard, member of security team, was wounded in a gunfire exchange.

Nov 4 1330 UTC UPDATE: Confirmed attacked ship is a Greek Aframax tanker ELKA ARISTOTLE,, 4 crew kidnapped: 3 Filipino and 1 Georgian nationalities.
Vessel was attacked at Lome Anchorage, Togo, Gulf of Guinea, in position 05 58N 001 16E, at 0240 UTC Nov 4. Ship wasn’t identified, but according to available data, it’s an Aframax tanker ELKA ARISTOTLE. No info yet on attack details – was it robbery, or kidnapping, were crew injured, etc.
Crude oil tanker ELKA ARISTOTLE, IMO 9249099, dwt 94143, built 2003, flag Greece, manager EUROPEAN PRODUCT CARRIERS LTD, Athens.

Vessel was attacked at Lome Anchorage, Togo, Gulf of Guinea, early in the morning Nov 4. Ship wasn’t identified, but according to available data, it’s an Aframax tanker, detailed info withhold until confirmation. No info yet on attack details – was it robbery, or kidnapping, were crew injured, etc.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.