German boxship City of Xiamen attacked, contact lost, Nigeria
German boxship City of Xiamen attacked by pirates at around 22:00 LT Apr 25 13 in approximate position 03 48N 005 54E (some 36 nautical miles south of Brass), while en route from Lome, Togo, to Onne, Nigeria. A distress call on Channel 16 VHF was intercepted by one of the vessels in the area, City of Xiamen reported being pursued by two speed boats. After initial VHF distress report contacts were lost, it is understood that the vessel was boarded by pirates. Last AIS Satellite signal dated 26.4.13, 09:13 ET (presumably European time), gives the position some 15 nautical miles north of place of attack. Speed some 6 knots. Maybe pirates are stealing the cargoes from containers? Maybe, pirates knew what is it they’re after, i.e. they’ve got an intelligence info with regards to the cargo on board?
As of Mar 18 13 vessel’s crew included 1 Russian, 11 Sri Lankan, 1 Burmese and 4 unknown nationalities (ITF).
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