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Greek tanker Energy Centurion with Russian crew hijacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea



Greek tanker Energy Centurion hijacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on August 28 2012 in the vicinity of 05-52N 001-24E, last known position at 08:30 UTC Aug 28 05-50N 001-44E, tanker loaded with 50,000 tons of gasoil was en route to Lome, Togo. There was a a fire exchange with a patrol boat, but luckily, 24 crew, all Russians, was unharmed. Most probably pirates hijack the vessel for stealing part of her cargo, and tanker will be released in several days. A week ago in the same area pirates hijacked UK tanker Anuket Emerald with Russian-Filipino crew, see below the details.
Tanker Energy Centurion IMO 9387970, dwt 74995, built 2008, flag Isle of Man, manager GOLDEN ENERGY MANAGEMENT.

British tanker Anuket Emerald was hijacked by pirates and released 5 days later
Friday, August 24, 2012
British tanker Anuket Emerald was hijacked by pirates and released 5 days later, presumably part of vessel’s cargo was stolen. Hijacks of the tankers for the purpose of stealing some of their cargo, mostly refined oil products, became rather routine in Gulf of Guinea. Unlike Gulf of Aden, owners in many cases, can’t provide their vessels with armed guards. Actually, Gulf of Guinea is much more dangerous than Gulf of Aden when speaking about piracy, and unlike Gulf of Aden, there is no simple solution of the security problem. 
First news:
British tanker Anuket Emerald missing and found in Gulf of Guinea, reason unknown
British chem tanker Anuket Emerald was declared unreported in Gulf of Guinea, last known position 05.50N 001.14E at around 18:00 UTC August 18 2012, near the Ghana sea border. AIS signal disappeared simultaneously from several AIS websites. Vessel was declared as unreported, all vessels in the area advised to search and report if tanker is spotted. Vessel was en route from Cotonou Benin, to Lome offshore facilities. Crew is 18 of Russian and Filipino nationalities. Norbulk latest press-release: At 2048(UK time) on 23/08/2012, Norbulk received a satellite communication message from the vessel Anuket Emerald. Subsequent verbal correspondence between the vessel Master and Norbulk Operations personnel confirmed all 18 persons on board safe and well. Vessel currently heading for nearest port where vessel is expected to berth PM 24/08/2012. Norbulk personnel are currently en-route to meet the vessel to offer assistance to the vessel and her crew and a full investigation into the recent loss of communication will be undertaken.
Chemical tanker Anuket Emerald IMO 9393644, dwt 7415, built 2008, flag Panama, manager NORBULK SHIPPING UK LTD, UK.




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