Hijacked tanker released, some crew kidnapped

Nov 2 Update: Latest update – 4 crew from offshore tug and an unknown number of ANUKET AMBER crew were kidnapped.

Nov 2 Update: Tanker was released and as of 0530 UTC Nov 2, was sailing in northwest direction south of Lome Togo, destination unknown, with armed security on board. Crew understood to be safe and weel. Most probably, tanker was released after pirates siphoned from tanker its’ cargo of fuel. No news yet on 4 crew kidnapped from offshore supply ship ARK TZE (IMO 9418767, dwt 2319).

Nov 1 Update: offshore supply ship ARK TZE (IMO 9418767, dwt 2319) 15 crew include 12 Indonesian, 2 Myanmar and 1 Ukrainian nationalities. Among 4 kidnapped 3 Indonesians and 1 Ukrainian.

Oct 31 Update: Tanker ANUKET AMBER was bunkering LPG tanker BW FRIGG (IMO 9733337, dwt 54446), pirates attacked both ships in vicinity 04 47S 010 07E, west of Pointe Noire. BW FRIGG managed to escaped, ANUKET AMBER was hijacked. Same day in roughly the same area pirates reportedly, attacked offshore supply ship ARK TZE (IMO 9418767, dwt 2319) and kidnapped 4 crew, kidnapped seamen later were transferred to hijacked tanker ANUKET AMBER.

Oct 31 Update: Relatives gave their consent to public all known details. Crew consists of a dozen seamen, including Latvian, Filipino, Russian and Ukrainian nationalities. As of 1530 UTC Oct 31, no news yet, no AIS, understood no communication.

Oct 30: Two cargo ships were attacked by pirates west of Pointe Noire Congo, West Africa, at around 1300 UTC Oct 29. One managed to escape, another one was hijacked. It’s tanker ANUKET AMBER, according to information I received from crew relatives, who’re understandably, very worried. They’ve been told by crewing company, that connection with ship was lost, manager and other involved parties are taking all necessary measures. They weren’t told if the ship was hijacked or troubled by other accident. No news, no AIS signal since then, so presumably, tanker was hijacked with the purpose of stealing its’ cargo. If pirates were in for crew and ransom, they’d already leave tanker with kidnapped crew, and tanker should already re-emerge.

Product tanker ANUKET AMBER, IMO 9395733, dwt 9596, built 2008, flag Panama, manager NORBULK SHIPPING UK LTD.

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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.