Pirates attacked the crude carrier Rio Spirit on 110 nautical miles south off Akassa in Nigerian Delta. The vessel was loaded with oil products from the Qua Iboe terminal, but several hours after leaving the port was approached by motor skiff with armed men on board, who tried to hijack her and took the control. The crude carrier Rio Spirit was under security cover by the operatives of the Nigerian Navy, who repelled the attack and reported the accident to the local authorities. At the scene was sent Nigerian navy ship Victory, which reached the vessel shortly after the attack. Just 30 minutes later, the vessel was attacked once again by the same pirates group. The second attack was repelled for the navy officers and the ship was escorted to safe waters and released to resume voyage.
During the accident there were no injured people and no reported damages of the vessel. The ship was released to resume voyage and the navy initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident.
“The pirates attempted to hijack the oil tanker after she loaded products from Qua Iboe terminal and sailed 110 nautical miles south of Akassa in Delta State where the incident took place”, said the official statement of the Nigerian navy.
The crude carrier Rio Spirit (IMO: 9419565) has overall length of 274.00 m, moulded beam of 48.00 m and maximum draft of 9.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 158,368 DWT and the gross tonnage is 81,394 GRT. The crude carrier was built in 2013 by Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries in South Korea.