The chemical tanker Sampatiki was attacked by pirates on 30 nautical miles off Bayelsa coast in Nigeria. The vessel was en route from Port Harcourt to Lube, when near Apoi region was attacked by fast boat with 8 heavy armed men. The pirates succeeded to board the chemical tanker and took control over. The crew failed to hide into the engine room and five from them were taken as hostages. The ship was hijacked for about 4-5 hours and pirates succeeded to stole money and tech, as well as damaged all the communication and navigation equipment. Later, the armed men abandoned the vessel into their boat with five hostages taken in captivity. The rest crew remain unhurt and proceeded to Lagos outer anchorage and reported about the attack.
The local authorities started investigation for the accident. The Nigerian navy tracked the pirates, but releasing of the hostages is under negotiation. According to officials, the seamen in captivity are safe and without injuries. Further investigation and coordination of the rescue is under way.
The chemical tanker Sampatiki (IMO: 9405772) has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 6,436 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,031 GRT. The ship was built in 2008 by Sopo Shipyard in Zhenjiang, China. The vessel is owned and operated by the Greek shipping company Avin International.