Product tanker MAXIMUS hijack UPDATE
Product tanker MAXIMUS with 4700 tons of fuel on board, according to available information, seemed to be the vessel among those two which were attacked on Feb 11. There were 18 crew on board, they had been held captives for 8 days before Nigerian Navy freed the vessel. Nigerian Navy chased fleeting pirates and captured some of them, some managed to escape, using as a shield two hostages, MAXIMUS crew members, one Indian and one Pakistani. When Nigerian Navy closed tanker, pirates opened fire and were fired at back, one pirate was killed. Nigerian Navy Chief said, that pirates were heavily armed, and seemed to be well-trained, in the overall they impressed the Navy as being more sophisticated than anything Navy encountered before.
That’s Nigerian side of the story, which still left some questions open.
Product tanker MAXIMUS hijacked, situation unclear, Gulf of Guinea
Posted on February 21, 2016
New Delhi: Ten Indian sailors have been rescued with the help of the Nigerian Navy after their ship was hijacked by pirates near Africa's Ivory Coast last Saturday, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet on Sunday.The ship, called Maximus, had 11 Indian crew members on board. Once the news of the hijacking came in, India requested Ghana and Nigeria to follow the ship, the minister tweeted.
Twitter: We have rescued 10 Indians with the help of Nigerian Navy. We are trying to rescue 11th Indian and a Pakistani crew member from the pirates. https://twitter.com/SushmaSwaraj
It is not clear when exactly tanker was hijacked, probably it took place on Feb 11, when two unidentified vessels were attacked. It is not clear also, what happened to the vessel and what’s her condition now. Last AIS of MAXIMUS are dated Feb 5-6, vessel was off Ivory Coast shore.
Feb 11 attacks news:
Two vessels attacked in Gulf of Guinea
Posted on February 12, 2016
Two vessels were reported as attacked and hijacked in Gulf of Guinea on Feb 11. One was attacked at 1500 UTC some 50 nm south of Bayelsa coast, Nigeria, in vicinity 03 36N 005 35E. Another one was attacked at 2100 UTC 75 nm south of Abijan, Ivory Coast. No other information available.