The pre-Christmas piracy season remains in full flow in the Gulf of Guinea, with a further hijacking incident reported by maritime safety consultancy Dryad Global.
The consultancy reported that Togo-flagged bunkering vessel Stelios K (IMO 8679209) was boarded and hijacked while en route to Lagos, after the operator reported loss of contact with the vessel. The authorities sought to establish the vessel location and make contact with the crew.
While the crew were believed to be safe, it was not clear whether or not the perpetrators were still on board. Negotiations were reported to be continuing to secure the release of vessel and crew.
Dryad Global said that “the lack of immediate kidnap would indicate that the perpetrators potentially sought options for either offloading or selling refined product that may be onboard”.
1995-built, Togo-flagged, 236 gt Stelios K is owned and managed by Royal Shipmanagement Inc of Majuro in the Marshall Islands.