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5550-TEU container ship attacked, 6 crew kidnapped, Gulf of Guinea

Cargo ship was attacked in the Gulf of Guinea 38 nm SW of Bioko island southwest coast, Equatorial Guinea, at 1430 UTC Dec 13, reportedly pirates boarded the ship and kidnapped 6 crew. The ship’s ID wasn’t disclosed, but all data point at container ship TONSBERG, en route from Cameroon to Cotonou, Benin. As of 1820 UTC Dec 13, the ship was adrift near the attack site, with Danish frigate ESBERN SNARE nearby.

Container Ship TONSBERG is currently located at WAFR – Gulf of Guinea at position 03° 08′ 17.4″ N, 007° 53′ 34.8″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2021-12-13 19:53 UTC (5 minutes ago)
The wind in this area at that time blows from Southwest direction at force 4 Beaufort.

The vessel departed from KRIBI DEEPWATER PORT, CM on 2021-12-13 08:03 LT (UTC +1) and is currently sailing at 0.9 knots with East direction heading to COTONOU, BJ with reported Estimated Time of Arrival at 2021-12-14 15:00 LT (UTC +1) local time (in 18 hours, 1 minute )

TONSBERG (IMO: 9216999) is a Container Ship that was built in 2001 (20 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Liberia.
Its carrying capacity is 5551 TEU and her current draught is reported to be 12.5 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 274.76 meters and her width is 40 meters.

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