Two guards shot in latest Gulf of Guinea pirate attack

Two guards from Benin were injured when the Luxembourg-registered product tanker they were working on was hijacked by pirates early on Tuesday.

The St Marseille was attacked by five armed pirates in the Bay of Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea.

Two guards were shot and injured. With no cargo on board, the pirates fled and the two wounded guards were hospitalised and were said to be in a stable condition.

The St Marseille belongs to ST Management. It becomes the third small product tanker to have been attacked by pirates in the region in the last five weeks.

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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