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Gulf of Guinea- Lome Anchorage Area

By November 4, 2019Incident Reports



04 Nov 2019


05 57.6N 001 15.0E

Ship Dimension

228m x 42m  55096GT

Ship Cargo

Crude Oil


1 NM south of Z3 SAA

Source Confidence Level


What Exactly Happened

Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that the, ELKA ARISTOTLE, located within Lome anchorage area, Togo, has been boarded. According to reporting, 3 unidentified armed men have boarded the tanker possibly while she was engaged in ship to ship operations. A firefight is understood to have taken place between the Togolese naval detachment embarked to provide security for the vessel, and the perpetrators. Reporting has indicated that one navy personnel is reported as having sustained a bullet related injury to the leg. Latest reporting confirms four personnel have been kidnapped.
Our Experts Say

Dryad Analysis

This is the 6th recorded MARSEC incident within Lome in 2019 with only two recorded incidents in the same period in 2018. This also is the second kidnapping incident in Lome within 2019 and the fifth confirmed boarding.

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