Malta-flagged tanker attacked, at least 3 crew kidnapped, Gulf of Guinea

Update: Tanker was attacked in position 05 37N 001 11E at 2030 UTC Mar 3.

Product tanker HISTRIA IVORY with 21 all Romanian crew on board was attacked by pirates near Lome, Togo waters, Gulf of Guinea, in the evening Mar 3. Several seamen were kidnapped, exact number yet unknown, confirmed three. The ship sustained damages during the attack and hijack, being in need of some repairs. Most probably, communications equipment was destroyed or damaged. Understood remaining crew aren’t injured, but it’s not confirmed yet. Tanker as of Mar 4, was anchored at Lome Anchorage.
Product tanker HISTRIA IVORY, IMO 9356244, dwt 40450, built 2006, flag Malta, manager HISTRIA SHIPMANAGEMENT S.R.L., Constanta, Romania.



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.