Greek tanker attacked, boarded in Gulf of Guinea UPDATE Feb 8

Product tanker SEA PHANTOM was attacked and reportedly boarded, at around 2330 UTC Feb in Gulf of Guinea SW of Douala, Cameroon. The ship according to track, was en route from Lome Togo to Douala Cameroon, she’s trading in Gulf of Guinea since at least March 2020, calling mostly, Douala, Cameroon. Last ship’s available AIS was dated 2300 UTC Feb 6, half an hour before attack, she was under way sailing due E at some 12 knots speed. Awaiting further development, updates.

Feb 8 0530 UTC UPDATE: Tanker resumed moving after pirates fled, reportedly all crew mustered in citadel and remained safe. Her voyage nevertheless, has been interrupted, she sailed to Malabo, Bioko island, Equatorial Guinea, and was berthed there at around 0330 UTC Feb 8. Another unconfirmed report said tanker was approached by Cameroon Navy ship or boat.

Product tanker SEA PHANTOM, IMO 9326653, dwt 13071, built 2008, flag Marshall Islands, manager PETROCHEM GENERAL MANAGEMENT, Greece (EQUASIS).



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.