Feb 10 UPDATE: Crew reportedly, mustered in citadel, and is safe.
Feb 9: Greek product tanker MARIA E was attacked and boarded at 1220 UTC Feb 9 northwest of Sao Tome and Principe, while en route from Lome, Togo.
Ship’s AIS according to available AIS providers, was off since tanker left Lome, in the morning Feb 8. No other information available at the moment, awaiting updates.
Pirates again, in some 3 days, attacked comparatively small tanker operated by Greeks, and deployed in Gulf of Guinea.
MARIA E is trading in this region since at least Feb 2020, most visited ports being Bata Equatorial Guinea, Pointe Noire, Malabo.
Pirates may prefer such tankers for a number of reasons.
Product tanker: MARIA E
IMO : 9337822
Built : 2007
Manager: LOTUS SHIPPING CO LTD, Greece (EQUASIS).