Althea oil tanker crew members kidnapped by pirates

By Piracy

Two crew members were abducted by pirates from the oil tanker Althea off the coast of Nigeria. Suspected pirates attacked the oil products tanker with a speedboat and kidnapped the captain (Ukrainian) and the engineer (Greek) of the ship. Information from the Greek Coast Guard.

The ship MT Althea had 18 crew on board and was reported that was attacked by 10 people. The location of the kidnapped captain and engineer is not known. The pirate attack occurred late yesterday at about 35NM off the Niger Delta coastline

Medtankers (the management company of the oil tanker Althea) informed that the crew members were robbed. It is curious that the pirates did not hurt the rest of the people on board and did not touch the cargo of oil. It is expected that the kidnappers will ask for ransom.

Gulf of Guinea is an oil-rich area with increased number of pirate attacks for the last year. 

Ship details =======================================

Ship Name                   :ALTHEA

Ship Type                     :Chemical/Oil Products Tanker

IMO number                 :9396309

MMSI                             :538003546

Call Sign                        :V7RN7

Built                               :2009

Flag                               :Marshall Islands

Manager                        :MEDTANKERS MANAGEMENT LTD

Country                          :Greece

Gross Tonnage            :5046