Container ship attacked, boarded, AIS is off, Gulf of Guinea

Container ship CONTSHIP NEW was attacked and according to Dryad, boarded, at 0900 UTC Apr 23 in Gulf of Guinea 130 nm NW of Sao Tome island, Sao Tome and Principe. The ship’s en route from Port Owendo Gabon to Lome, Togo. Ship’s latest available AIS dated 0700 UTC Apr 22, she was under way shortly after leaving Owendo.
Container ship CONTSHIP NEW, IMO 9373905, dwt 13760, capacity 1118 TEU, built 2007, flag Cyprus, manager CONTSHIP, Greece.



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