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Nine pirates in a skiff approached and fired upon aframax tanker AXEL SPIRIT underway at 0845 UTC Apr 19, in position 03 25N 005 46E, some 60 nm SSW of Brass, reported IMO. The alarm was raised, fire pumps started and non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. The ship increased speed and conducted evasive maneuvers. While the Master communicated with the escort vessel, the skiff was seen aborting and moving away. The crew and tanker reported safe. According to AIS, vessel was en route from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Nigeria. on Apr 21 tanker was at Brass Oil Terminal.
Crude oil tanker AXEL SPIRIT, IMO 9282041, dwt 115392, built 2004, flag Bahamas, manager Teekay Shipping Limited.