Anchor handling offshore tug/supply vessel Pacific Warden (IMO 9250036) was attacked off Equatorial Guinea at around 05:00 local time on November 20th, owner and operator Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) has confirmed. The vessel was supporting offshore field operations in Equatorial Guinea at the time.
There were 15 crew members on board. Eight were safely ashore and unharmed, but seven crew members were taken by the attackers and were missing. SPO said that local authorities and the Navy of Equatorial Guinea responded quickly to the incident.
SPO said that it had no further details at present and asked that the media respect the privacy of the affected crew members’ families.
Maritime intelligence group Dryad said local reports indicated that the 68.9-metre vessel was attacked by two speed boats while traveling from Luba, Boiko island to Serpentina/Zafiro field complex. Dryad believed that the piracy originated from within Nigerian waters.
2002-built, Singapore-flagged, 2,327 gt Pacific Warden is owned and managed by Swire Pacific Offshore Ops of Singapore. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Offshore Division) on behalf of Swire Pacific Offshore Ops.