Singapore has confirmed new details about the tanker hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea this week. The incident is believed to be ongoing.
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) reports that it received a report that the success 9, A Singapore-registered oil tanker was sunk on Monday, March 10th.
The report comes after the Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea Information Center (MDAT-GoG) on Monday called It received a report that a tanker was boarded at the same location. The report did not reveal the ship’s identity.
An update from MDAT-GoG today states that the ship that boarded was not located and did not transmit AIS. “MDAT GOG is urging nearby captains to report any sightings of the ship or suspicious activity. The ship is believed to be a red hull tanker with a blue funnel and a white and red logo on the side.”
Singapore MPA said there are believed to be 20 crew members of various nationalities on board, including a Singapore citizen.
“MPA is working closely with the ship owner, the Monrovia Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Center and the Information Fusion Center at Changi Command and Control Center to monitor the situation and provide necessary assistance.”
The latest incident happened just a few weeks after the Dutch-owned tanker Monjasa Reforms was kidnapped by pirates 140 nautical miles west of Port Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo at the end of March. The ship was finally found four days later about 90 nautical miles south of Bonny, Nigeria, with six crew members missing.
Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization a statement that he was “deeply concerned” about the kidnapping of six crew members Monjasa Reforms and reports of his latest attack on the success 9.
“The IMO recognizes the progress made since 2021 in collective efforts to counter the threat of piracy and the consequent reduction in the number of pirate attacks. The IMO urges the support of the important work of the regional navies and units within the Yaoundé architecture for the protection of seafarers and the operational counter-piracy through the Maritime Collaboration Forum in the Gulf of Guinea (SHADE) and the G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea Guinea to continue to provide sustained support for compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2634 on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea,” said Secretary-General Lim.
“I would like to recognize the regional and international efforts to respond to this disturbing incident. I would like to reiterate that the ongoing threat needs to be addressed in a coherent manner, involving all relevant stakeholders and including regional entities.”
Equassis data shows that the success 9 is a Singapore-flagged product tanker built in 2003. The ship is managed by Singapore-based Fortune Ship Management Ltd and is owned by HS OCEAN PTE LTD, also based in Singapore.
Maritime security firm EOS Risk Group says the latest incident on board shows the ability of West African pirates to carry out piracy further from shore.
“Either a mother ship was used to deploy a skiff or a secondary tanker is nearby to illegally offload the boarded ship’s cargo,” EOS Risk Group said in a warning.