Tanker attacked, 6 crew kidnapped

Product tanker APECUS attacked by 6 persons at Bonny Outer Anchorage, Nigeria at 1330 UTC Apr 19, 6 crew kidnapped, according to IMB report. Tanker was moved to Bonny inner anchorage. According to AIS records, tanker during recent months traded between Tema Ghana, Lome Togo, and Lagos, she arrived at Bonny anchorage from Lagos on Apr 20 or earlier. AIS records history is sketchy – tanker was trading in dangerous waters, probably having to switch off AIS for security reasons. Nationalities of crew unknown.
Product tanker APECUS, IMO 7333810, dwt 3075, built 1973, flag Palau, manager PETRONAV CARRIERS LLC, Athens, Greece, since 01/10/2016 – EQUASIS.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.