Pirates have attacked a Danish-owned tanker in the Gulf of Guinea
06:00UTC This morning (Saturday) Pirates attacked the Danish-owned tanker “Torm Alexandra” – IMO 9466001 – in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Benin.
When the tanker “Torm Alexandra”, owned by the Danish shipping company Torm, was attacked, the crew followed security guidelines and activated ship’s emergency procedures. The crew fled to the ship’s safety room.
There were no Danes on board the ship sailing under flag of Singapore.
The crew consisted of 19 Filipino nationals and one person from Montenegro.
Saturday morning, all crew members were safe and in good spirits, said Joakim Nørholm Vasehus, communications manager at Torm.
All naval vessels in the area were alerted when Torm Alexandra’s emergency response was activated and a ship from the Italian Navy came to help.
However, after thoroughly examining the ship, the Italian navy was able to confirm that the pirates had fled the ship. Alexandra Torm resumed sailing Resumed sailing around 21:00 UTC
– The crew was thus able to leave the safety room and once again have control of the ship, Joakim Nørholm Vasehus informs in an email.
The ship was heading south from Lomé in Togo to Libreville in Gabon along the west coast of Africa on the Gulf of Guinea when it was attacked.
The bay has seen a marked increase in pirate attacks and kidnappings in recent years, where in 2019 there were 121 kidnappings.
The shipping company Torm states that the crew will be offered the necessary support and crisis help.
– The shipping company has been in contact with the crew’s closest throughout the day, writes Joakim Nørholm Vasehus.
Torm thanks both the authorities who have helped during the day, including the Italian Navy.
– Finally, we would like to send our thoughts to the crew, who have shown great strength and courage in this extremely difficult situation, writes the communications manager.
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