Pirates Attack Tanker Offshore Benin, Kidnap 10 Crew    sss

A Liberia-flag tanker; Alpine Penelope has been attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea. Security sources said early last Thursday that the officer on watch had identified two armed men on board and an alert was sent. After this, communications were lost.

18.02.2020: 0020 UTC: Posn: 06:17.53N – 003:14.16E, Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria.

Three persons in a small boat approached an anchored tanker and attempted to board via the anchor chain. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the attempted boarding and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the persons aborted the boarding and escaped in their boat. The incident reported to Port Control.