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Monday, January 22, 2018

ALERT! TOGO – LOME, PIRATE ATTACK OFF THE PORT

On 28 August 2000 at 0031 UTC a tanker belonging to a member was attacked at anchor in position 06dg 02min N and 001dg 16min E.

The pirates were observed at the forecastle, presumably having boarded from a wooden boat via the anchor chain.

The general alarm was sounded and the Master warned other vessels in the area.  When calling the Lome Port, however, no response was received.  The attackers managed to steal equipment for USD 6,000 before the crew managed to chase them away.  None of the crew was injured in the attack.

The ship had been in the area since 11 July without any incidents.  As a routine one crew member was patrolling the deck during night hours.

Source:  Reederei “Nord” Klaus E. Oldendorff Ltd., Limasol