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
Call Sign :V7RN7
Flag :Marshall Islands
Manager :MEDTANKERS MANAGEMENT LTD
Gross Tonnage :5046