The bulk carrier Sofia was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 120 nautical miles southwest off Brass, Nigeria. The ship was underway from Lagos to Libreville, Gabon, when was approached by motor skiff with seven heavy armed men, who fired upon the ship and tried to board her. The Master and duty officer raised alarm for piracy attack and increased speed, maneuvering to avoid boarding. All the non-essential crew retreated and locked in the Citadel, while the officers were tried to avoid the hijacking. After about 40 minutes of pursuit the pirates gave up and abandoned the attack, changing course to the shore. The bulk carrier Sofia proceeded to Gabon, where successfully reached Owendo Anchorage.
The accident was reported to the local authorities. All the crew are safe and without reported injuries. The bulk carrier Sofia suffered some damages from the gunfire, but fortunately they were not sufficient and did not caused leaks. The local authorities initiated investigation for the accident, but failed to track the pirates.
The Liberia-flagged bulk carrier Sofia (IMO: 9472086) is managed and operated by the Paris Dragnis’s company Goldenport Shipmanagement. The vessel has overall length of 190.00 m, moulded beam of 32.20 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the bulker is 56,899 DWT and the gross tonnage is 32,983 GRT. The Greek bulk carrier Sofia was built in 2011 by Cosco Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries in China.