Supertanker attacked, 19 crew kidnapped UPDATE

Crude oil tanker NAVE CONSTELLATION was attacked by pirates at 1830 UTC Dec 3 in vicinity 03 05N 007 06E, Gulf of Guinea, while en route from Bonny Offshore Terminal to India, i.e. in full load, with minimal freeboard. Reportedly 19 crew, including 18 Indian and 1 Turkish nationalities, were kidnapped. Tanker was under way full speed some 2-3 hours after attack, not clear how, with just few sailors left. As of 1230 UTC Dec 4, tanker was sailing in W direction, full speed.

UPDATE: According to official statement from Navios and Anglo-Eastern Tanker Management (Hong Kong), 7 seamen remained on board and were instructed to take the tanker to a safe position to await the arrival of a security vessel and other support craft.

Crude oil tanker NAVE CONSTELLATION, IMO 9515929, dwt 296917, built 2010, flag HK, manager Anglo Eastern.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.