Tanker Matrix I attacked, crew hijacked, Nigeria
Pirates attacked Nigeria-flagged, but Greek-operated, product tanker Matrix I early in the morning May 25 13, some 40 nautical miles of the coast of Bayelsa state, Nigeria. Operator of the vessel, Val Oil Trading Co., confirmed the attack, but didn’t reveal any other details. Reportedly, some of the crew were hijacked. Crew is said to consist of 12 Pakistani and 5 Nigerians, wrote Reuters. According to AIS data, in the evening May 27 vessel was anchored off Bonny – Obopo coastline.
Product tanker Matrix I, IMO 9041136, dwt 5800, built 1992, flag Nigeria, manager VAL OIL TRADING SA, Greece.