Gulf of Guinea mysteries: dubious and contradictory news on tankers attacks

Feb. 9, 2017 at 14:01 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Both major and industry media are reporting on two tankers’ attacks in Gulf of Guinea, both attacks understood to take place on Feb 7 - 8.
LPG tanker GAZ PROVIDENCE was rescued, according to media citing Nigerian Navy authorities, by Navy ship NNS Okpabana on Feb 8, and it may be assumed, that vessel was hijacked by pirates on Feb 7. But according to available information and coordinates and time, GAZ PROVIDENCE was not the vessel which was hijacked, or boarded. Most probably, GAZ PROVIDENCE was attacked at 1936 UTC Feb 7 in position 03-31N 007-04E. Another, yet unidentified vessel, was attacked at 1904 UTC Feb 7 in position 04-03.22N 007-13.50E, and that unknown vessel was reported as boarded by pirates, probably hijacked.
If crude oil tanker RIO SPIRIT was ever attacked, it just couldn’t happen on Feb 7 or Feb 8 in position mentioned by Navy officials, “100 nm south of Akassa, Brass, Bight of Bonny". Simply because on Feb 7 and Feb 8 vessel already transited Gulf of Guinea, and was sailing in Atlantic ocean along coasts of Liberia and Sierra Leone, far from Nigerian waters.
So, we don’t know, when and how was GAZ PROVIDENCE attacked, and with what consequences. Was she boarded? Were pirates repelled by Nigerian Navy or fled after ransacking vessel and crew? Was anyone injured or hijacked?
We don’t know, if there was another, yet unidentified ship with 25 crew, reported as attacked and boarded by pirates, probably hijacked.
And finally, we don’t know on what date was RIO SPIRIT attacked, if she was attacked at all.
So much for Nigerian Navy statements and for media news.
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Gulf of Guinea mysteries: dubious and contradictory news on tankers attacks

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