Offshore tug attacked, 7 crew kidnapped, Gulf of Guinea

Offshore supply tug PACIFIC WARDEN was attacked by pirates on Nov 20 at 0420 UTC in vicinity 03 46N 008 14E, Gulf of Guinea, some 35 nm W of Malabo, Bioko island, Equatorial Guinea. Out of 15 crew 7 were kidnapped, 8 managed to hide inside ship’s compartments and avoid captivity. Crew include South African, Cameroon, Philippines and Serbia nationalities. The ship moved to Malabo and remains at Malabo since Nov 21.
Offshore supply tug PACIFIC WARDEN, IMO 9250036, dwt 2355, built 2002, flag Singapore, manager SWIRE PACIFIC OFFSHORE OPS.

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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.