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MDAT GoG - MV Attacked Lome Anchorage - UPDATE: Hostages Taken #marsec #Piracy

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Seafarers seized after armed guards fail to deter attackers

Pirates attacked a Greek-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Togo in the early hours of November 4 and took four crew members hostage.

The 94,140 deadweight tonne (dwt) ELKA ARISTOTLE was 9.5 nautical miles (nm) off the port of Lome.

The Togolese Navy said the armed guards on-board the ELKA ARISTOTLE had tried to fight off the attackers. One of the guards was wounded in an exchange of fire.

Two of the seafarers taken hostage were from the Philippines; one was from Greece and the other from Georgia.

MDAT GoG Advisory 002/NOV/2019

1. Category: Attack

2. Description: 04th November 2019 at 0240UTC, a MV was attacked in position 05°58”13’N – 001°15”42’E (Lome anchorage, TOGO)

Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area

3. Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG by phone.

4. Any queries regarding this Advisory Notice ring 0033 298 22 88 88 for further


THIS ADVISORY is not classified as a Maritime Security Event and has not been verified by MDAT-GoG. This information is provided to inform maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the region. MDAT-GoG is not responsible for the accuracy of this reporting.

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