Togo pirates sentenced to jail time

Togo has sentenced a gang of nine pirates for up to 20 years in jail for their role in an attack on a chemical tanker.

The group was accused of carrying out an armed attack on MT G-Dona 1 (IMO 6820737) in Togolese waters in May 2019. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre reported at the time that the ship was boarded and hijacked at a Lome anchorage before being intercepted about 25 nautical miles away by the Togo Navy. The crew was reported safe and the intruders were captured and handed over to the authorities.

The group mostly consisted of Nigerians, with one Togolese and one Ghanaian. Their sentences ranged from 12 to 20 years.

It is currently termed as “decommissioned or lost”.

1968-built, St Vincent & Grenadines-flagged, 15,923 gt Dona 1 is owned by Joy Shipping of Monrovia, Liberia.