The LPG tanker Gaz Providence was attacked by pirates in the Bight of Bonny on 40 nautical miles south of Bonny Island, Nigeria. The vessel was approached by motor skiff with armed men on board. The crew sent distress signal and locked in the citadel, but succeeded to send distress signal to the local authorities and Nigerian navy. At the scene of the troubled LPG tanker Gaz Providence were dispatched the Nigerian navy ship Okpabana, which rescued the oil tanker and all the 21 crew members on board. All the seamen were in good health and without reporting injuries. The pirates fled away after stealing some valuables and cash, but without causing sufficient damages to the vessel.
“Nigerian Navy Ship Okpabana rescued an oil tanker, MT Gas Providence which came under pirate attack yesterday off Bonny Island, River State”, said the Director of Information at Nigerian Navy, Captain Sulieman Dahun. “The rescued ship had 21 crew members onboard and upon encountering the pirates sent a distress call which prompted the Nigerian Navy to dispatch NNS Okpabana to rescue her”, added he.
The investigation of the accident is under way. Fortunately there were no injured people during the piracy attack. The vessel headed to Port Harcourt Anchorage, where will be inspected before returning in service.
The LPG tanker Gaz Providence (IMO: 9448504) has overall length of 154.00 m, moulded beam of 25.50 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 17,022 DWT and the gross tonnage is 16,777 GRT. The Panama-flagged tanker was built in 2010 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. The LPG carrier is owned and managed by Greek company Naftomar Shipping and Trading.