Reporting indicates that the tanker, ALPINE PENELOPE has been attacked 76nm SW Cotonou, whilst in transit towards Lagos, resulting in the kidnap of 9 personnel.
A short report indicates that the officer on watch identified two armed men on board. It is understood that an alert was sent by the tanker, following which communications were lost. Communications were re-established with the vessel around 0940UTC. The vessel is now proceeding to Lagos.
Whilst the identities of the kidnapped crew remains unknown, the vessel, is known to have a crew of 24 personnel, consisting of Georgians, Filipino and Ukrainian nationals.