Product tanker hijacked in Gulf of Guinea – cargo stolen, crew safe

Oil product tankers B Ocean (IMO 9377834) was reported as hijacked on January 25th. Dryad Maritime later confirmed that the pirates stole cargo and then fled, with none of the crew being harmed.

Contact with the ship was lost at around 23:30 UTC on January 24th when the vessel was 50nm south of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Gulf of Guinea. A signal reappeared at 19:46 UTC on January 25th and AIS data early on January 26th indicating that the tanker was sailing towards Abidjan at about 9 knots, with no Navy/security ships or boats nearby.

The tanker was understood to be deployed as a bunker tanker in Ivory Coast waters.

2009-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 3,978 gt B Ocean is owned by Ocean Marine Holdings Co Ltd care of manager SK Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is Doorae Shipping Co Ltd of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Hong Kong) on behalf of SK Shipping Co Ltd.