Three piracy attacks within 24 hours off West Africa

Maritime security specialist Ambrey has reported three attacks on ships off West Africa within 24 hours.

Liberia-flagged oil products tanker Levanto (IMO 9231602) was fired at on January 24th while travelling at about knots en route from Lagos to Calabar, Nigeria, some 35nm south of Brass. Non-essential crew mustered in the citadel of the Unibros Shipping Corp-operated vessel, which changed course, increased her speed and continued on her journey.

Later, after nightfall, Liberia-flagged bulk carrier Allegra (IMO 9114476), underway at 12.5 knots between Lagos and Onne about 45 nm south of Brass, was attacked. After raising the alarm, the crew switched on deck lights, increased the vessel’s speed and mustered in the citadel. The Sea Hawk Maritime-operated vessel had a Nigerian naval team on board, which responded to an attack from at least five armed individuals aboard a single skiff, who fired at the bridge. The ship reportedly suffered some damage during the attack.

The following morning, on January 25th, Liberia-flagged suezmax crude oil tanker Samurai (IMO 9378876), underway from Brisbane to Agbami at around 10.2 knots, was attacked. Two skiffs with seven or eight people on board in total were reported to have come alongside the vessel and attempted to board her. The crew increased the ship’s speed and the two skiffs turned away.

2002-built, Liberia-flagged, 11,118 gt Levanto is owned by Apnea Navigation Inc care of manager Unibros Shipping Corp or Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with American Club on behalf of Apnea Navigation Inc.

1995-built, Liberia-flagged, 14,599 gt Allegra is owned by Megusta Shipping SA-LIB care of manager Sea Hawk Maritime SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Megusta Shipping SA.

2009-built, Liberia-flagged, 78,845 gt Samurai is owned and ISM-managed by Palmdale Investments Inc of Athens, Greece. It is managed by Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd of the same address. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Palmdale Investments Inc.