Reefer Frio Athens docked in Port Harcourt, 5 days after pirates attack

May 12, 2013 at 02:59 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Reefer Frio Athens reached Port Harcourt (initial port of destination after Lome) on May 9 13, after 5 days ordeal in the middle of Gulf of Guinea. Vessel was attacked on May 4 and probably hijacked, but owner rejected the hijack and said vessel avoided pirates. Owner didn’t explain the following erratic movements of the vessel, which sailed to the south from the position of the attack, and was either drifting or moving around for some 4 days. Crewing agency said vessel was sailing in accordance with owner’s orders, who “was providing a safe passage”. What happened to the vessel and the crew, remains a mystery. Maybe someone will enlighten the public?

Attack news:

Greek reefer Frio Athens probably hijacked, Nigeria

Reefer Frio Athens attacked by pirates at around 13:30 LT May 4 13, in the same position where two hours earlier was attacked boxship CMA CGM Africa Four (03 35N 006 40E, some 55 nautical miles SW of Bonny). Vessel issued distress messages on VHF, after that contact was lost, no other information available. Vessel was en route from Tema to Port Harcourt. Frio Athens didn’t arrive to Harcourt, AIS is off, most probably vessel hijacked and is under pirates control.

  Reefer Frio Athens docked in Port Harcourt, 5 days after pirates attack

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