Ship attacked in Gulf of Guinea, probably boarded UPDATES

May 22 UPDATE: Crew managed to muster in citadel, and wait out the attack, pirates left the ship without hostages taken, fearing approaching naval ships. Crew is safe. The ship was boarded by reportedly, 7 armed pirates. It goes without saying, that the pirates looted cabins and service compartments, taking with them all they could take.
The ship resumed sailing towards Douala in the evening May 21, but in the morning May 22 she suddenly turned west, and as of 0630 UTC was steaming west at some 11 knots speed, port of destination still Douala.

May 21 UPDATE; As of 0600 UTC May 21, the ship was still adrift, with Nigerian Naval ship DONNY (MMSI 657121200) circling nearby.

Cargo ship was attacked in Gulf of Guinea SSW of Bonny, Nigeria, at around 1600 UTC May 20. The ship wasn’t identified in piracy alert message, but according to tracks, positions and time, attacked ship is highly likely, Polish general cargo ship ESL AUSTRALIA, en route from Takoradi Ghana to Douala Cameroon. As of 1700 UTC May 20, the ship was either disabled and drifting, or proceeding at slow speed. Usually it means, that pirates boarded the ship and took her under control. No other information available at the moment.
General cargo ship ESL AUSTRALIA, IMO 9365661, dwt 17356, built 2007, flag Cyprus, manager EUROAFRICA LINIE SP Z OO.

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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.