Crew muster in citadel after attempted seizure of product tanker

Chemical/Oil Products Tanker Sea Phantom (IMO 9326653)was boarded by pirates about 115 nm off the coast of Cameroon in the Gulf of Guinea during the night of Saturday February 6th. However, it was reported that the crew managed to muster in the citadel and that the pirates were unable to break in.

Dryad Global said that the vessel was making about 13 knots on an easterly course, taking evasive manoeuvres when the attack occurred and then going adrift.

Meanwhile, in an update, Ambrey said that after the pirates left the vessel navigated north-northeast and arrived safely at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea early on February 8th.

After a busy 2020 in the Gulf of Guinea (22 separate attacks), 2021 is showing no signs of being any quieter. Dryad reported that this was the ninth incident in West African waters so far this year, one of which resulted in a fatality, during a kidnapping incident aboard Turkish-operated container ship Mozart late in January.

2008-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 8,503 gt Sea Phantom is owned by Sea Phantom Shipholding SA care of manager Petrochem General Management of Athens, Greece. It is entered with West of England (Claims Team Greece) on behalf of Sea Phantom Shipbuilding SA.