Supertanker Kalamos attacked by pirates, 3 taken hostages, deputy captain killed, Nigeria
Supertanker Kalamos was attacked by Nigerian pirates in the evening Feb 3 on Bight of Bonny road, some 60 nm east of Bonny, Nigeria. Greece Coast Guard reported, that armed pirates boarded the tanker and took three hostages, including two Greeks, and left the vessel. A Greek deputy captain was killed during attack. The crew is 23, including 10 Greeks, vessel is in ballast awaiting loading on Qua Iboe oil terminal. Tanker arrived to Nigeria from China on Jan 31, according to AIS.
The question is, how the pirates managed to board supertanker in ballast, with a freeboard being 20 or 26 meters high. Did they climb using ropes with hooks or something more sophisticated, or was the ladder lowered by negligence or mistake? Did they pretend to be authorities and duped the watch into lowering the ladder? Did they rob the crew and took all valuables, crew’s and vessel’s? How long did it take? Did the watch manage to raise alarm by activating ISPS system or radioed WHF message, maybe? How long did it take for authorities, police or Navy, to react and come on board? Those are very important questions for all other vessels in the area, and vessels heading for Nigerian waters. The questions will stay unanswered, unless media find something out.
Tanker’s route to Nigeria as provided by FleetMon's satellite AIS tracking data: