Pirates strike again, Gulf of Guinea UPDATE

UPDATE: Turkish tanker was attacked at around 2100 UTC Jan 16, some 50 nm SSW of Bonny. Nigerian Navy armed personnel thwarted attack by opening gunfire, pirates fled. Tanker continued voyage from Lagos to Calabar, Nigeria, anchored at Calabar outer anchorage early in the morning Jan 17.

Commercial ship was attacked in Gulf of Guinea SW of Bonny late Jan 16. Assumedly it’s a tanker operated by Greek company, but it’s an assumption based on available scarce information, and calculations. There are some indications, that the ship was hampered as a result of attack. Awaiting additional information.

Product tanker LAGERTHA, IMO 9410143, dwt 19999, built 2009, flag Malta, manager BESIKTAS LIKID TASIMACILIK.



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.