UPDATE 2: Vessel Hijacked Near Lome, Togo
UPDATE September 06: Subsequent reports suggest that the vessel hijacked was the MV DANMAN and that the incident may have occurred closer to the Ivory Coast. However, despite investigations, the incident remains UNCONFIRMED by local authorities.
UPDATE August 19: The hijacked vessel was reportedly a tanker entering Ghana EEZ between Lome, Togo and Afloa, Ghana with AIS turned off around the time of the incident. On August 13 at approx. 22:00 LT she was found drifting south of Newtown along the Ghana – Ivory Coast maritime boundary, believed to have run out of fuel.
August 12: On 12st August 19, at 0130 UTC an MV was hijacked in the vicinity of Lome, close to Ghanaian border. Investigations are ongoing and this report will be updated as further information becomes available. Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area.