General cargo ship Vectis Osprey hijacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea

Vectis OspreyThe general cargo ship Vectis Osprey was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 30 nautical miles off Bonny island, Nigeria. The vessel was attacked during the day by armed men from a fast boat, who succeeded to board and take control. The crew raised alarm, sent alert message to the local authorities and lucked into the citadel. Nigerian Navy ship was in vicinity and responded to the alert, arriving at the scene of the accident several minutes later. After some gunfire and pirates abandoned to hijacked cargo ship and fled away. There is no report about injured people from the crew, but condition of the vessel is unknown.

The general cargo ship Vectis Osprey left the Port Harcourt en route Douala, Cameroon, when the attack occurred. After the accident the ship changed course to Onne terminal and later to Bonny island. The investigation for the piracy attack is under way.

The general cargo ship Vectis Osprey (IMO: 9594315) has overall length of 110.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum summer draft of 8.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,500 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,190 GRT. The cargo ship was built in 2012 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipyard in China. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship Vectis Osprey is UK company Carisbrooke Shipping.