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A container ship attacked by pirates off Sao Tome (v2)

(B2) Two attacks have just taken place in quick succession in the Gulf of Guinea hitting merchant ships

On Friday (April 23), at 9:XNUMX UTC, a container ship flying the Cypriot flag, the Contship New, which was en route from Port Owendo in Gabon to Lomé, Togo, was attacked approximately 130 nautical miles from Neves in the northwest of the island of Sao Tomé (1°27 North and 4°38 East).

The skiff with pirates on board had, fortunately, been spotted approaching. The alarm was therefore triggered. And the entire crew was able to return to the 'citadel', set up at the bottom of the ship. The pirates boarded. But " they left after a few hours because they could not access any crew says a maritime source.

Italian navy frigate Rizzo ship which at the time of the event was on patrol approximately 350 miles away, approached at high speed. She escorted the ship to its destination in Togo, says the Italian navy. In Togolese territorial waters, the container ship was then assisted by local authorities until mooring in the port.

A few hours later, on Saturday (April 24), at 2:23 UTC, another attack took place in the same area (1°52 North and 3°17 East). The ship was secured "taken care of and escorted" we are assured at HQ Gulf of Guinea in Brest (MDAT-GOG).


Updated with details of the circumstances of the attack and the intervention of the Italian navy ship. Change of title.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).