Bulk carrier reportedly attacked in Gulf of Guinea UPDATES

Bulk carrier VINALINES MIGHTY reportedly was attacked at around 0130 UTC Dec 30 in Gulf of Guinea some 150 nm NW of Sao Tome, 200 nm SW of Bonny. Identity of attacked ship not yet conformed. If it’s VINALINES MIGHTY, her track shows with high probability, that she avoided attack and escaped. Bulk carrier is en route from Douala Cameroon to Greenville Liberia. Awaiting ship’s ID confirmation and further details. One more bulk carrier could be in the same area, her last AIS as of 0600 UTC Dec 30, was some 14 hours late.

UPDATE: Ship’s ID confirmed, it’s VINALINES MIGHTY. Dryad Global reported that the ship was boarded by 3 pirates, but “all crew are safe”. So details of an attack are still unknown. But everything point at crew being safe, and that’s what matters most.

UPDATE 1: According to Dryad Global information, crew mustered within citadel with the exception of the captain who remained in charge of the vessel. The pirates are understood to have engaged in a brief firefight with the Nigerian navy personnel on-board and then withdrew.

Bulk carrier VINALINES MIGHTY, IMO 9335458, dwt 22625, built 2007, flag Vietnam, manager VINALINES SHIPPING.



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.