Chemical tanker hit by pirates off Nigeria

A small chemical carrier was attacked by pirates in the early hours of Saturday morning in Nigerian waters and five hostages were taken.

The Sampatiki, owned by Avin International, was hit 30 nautical miles from the Nigerian town of Bonga. Eight armed pirates spent four hours onboard and took hostages.  Sources tell Splash that the five held captive are made up of 4 senior officers and an engineer.

None of the other crew were injured although plenty of equipment was reported damage when the ship made its way back to port.

Last month an offshore support vessel belonging to France’s Bourbon was hit by pirates in the same region.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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