The product tanker Sochima was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 40 nautical miles south off Brass, Nigeria. The vessel was approached by speedboat with armed men, who tried to board the vessel and take control. The navy security team aboard of the product tanker thwarted the pirates attack and succeeded to wound some of the armed men. The speedboat fled away and abandoned the attack, while the crew of the cargo vessel Sochima reported the accident to the local authorities are resumed the voyage. The vessel successfully arrived at Lagos, where will be held investigation from the navy and local authorities. The authorities were no able to trace and identify the pirates group, which made the attack, but presumed that they were ex militants of Niger Delta.
During the piracy attack there were no injured people and no serious damages of the vessel. The officials refused any comments and did not spread any additional details around the accident, due to continuing investigation.
The product tanker Sochima (IMO: 9666376) has overall length of 103.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 6,770 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,047 GRT. The tanker was built in 2014 by Jiangnan Shiprepair and Shipbuilding yard in China. During the accident the vessel was en route to Lagos, Nigeria.