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Vessel attacked in Gulf of Guinea, confirmed tanker hijacked, communications lost

Vessel attacked in Gulf of Guinea, confirmed tanker hijacked, communications lost
According to Dryad Global report, officer on watch identified two armed men on board, and no further details regarding the nature of weapons or actions have since been received.

0950 UTC: Confirmed attacked ship is tanker ALPINE PENELOPE. According to Dryad Global report, officer on watch identified two armed men on board, and no further details regarding the nature of weapons or actions have since been received. Understood SSAS was activated, and after that, communications were lost. No AIS yet, and as in the case with MAERSK TEMA container ship, no navy/security ships/boats seen in the vicinity yet.
0815 UTC: Still no AIS, and no navy/security in vicinity.
0430 UTC: Merchant ship was attacked at 0110 UTC Feb 20 in vicinity 05 10N 002 05E, S of Cotonou. Most probably, tanker ALPINE PENELOPE was attacked, her latest AIS timed 0130 UTC, no signal since then. She’s en route from Netherlands to Lagos, should be loaded. No security/navy boats/ships nearby.

IMO: 9379301
Name: ALPINE PENELOPE
Vessel Type - Generic: Tanker
Vessel Type - Detailed: Crude Oil Tanker
Status: Active
MMSI: 636013410
Call Sign: A8MS6
Flag: Liberia [LR]
Gross Tonnage: 41696 t
Summer DWT: 74401 t
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 228 x 32.56 m
Year Built: 2008
Home Port: MONROVIA
 

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