Suezmax crude oil tanker attacked in Gulf of Guinea

Greek Suezmax tanker MARAN POSEIDON, reportedly, was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea 95 nm WSW of Kribi, Cameroon, at 0250 UTC Dec 12. Understood tanker is in load, en route from Kribi Oil Terminal to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. It wasn’t so much attack as an attempt to attack. Fast boat approached tanker, fired several shots, and fled. Crew safe, tanker continues her voyage. Insolence on pirates side, to try to attack Suezmax tanker, but probably, they’ve been lured by tanker sitting low in water. Report identifying MARAN POSEIDON as pirates target, is not yet confirmed, but everything coincides – time, position, etc.
Crude oil tanker MARAN POSEIDON, IMO 9402926, dwt 158267, built 2010, flag Greece, manager MARAN TANKERS MANAGEMENT INC.



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