Maersk container ship attacked and boarded UPDATES

11220 UTC Dec 20 UPDATE: All 21 crew have been confirmed as safe, and the vessel has been secured, a Maersk spokeswoman said. The ship resumed sailing at around 1015 UTC, escorted by security boat. Still no details, except that allegedly, the crew mustered in citadel and waited out the attack. Considering the fact that it’s a container ship, pirates could target not crew but some cargo.

0700 UTC Dec 20 UPDATE: The ship (confirmed it’s MAERSK CADIZ) was boarded and is still adrift, with at least 2 navy/security boats at her side. Definitely, the ship was affected by pirates attack, but what is the character of problems the ship encountered, is yet unknown, including crew fate and present condition.

Cargo ship was attacked at around 1400 UTC Dec 19 in Gulf of Guinea south of Bonny, Nigeria. Container ship MAERSK CADIZ is most probably, the target. Her track and timeline coincide with attack position and time. She was probably boarded, AIS was off for some time, reappeared at 1515 UTC, the ship being dead in the water. MAERSK CADIZ is ne route from Tema Ghana to Kribi Cameroon. Most likely, situation is developing, waiting for ship’s ID confirmation and updates.

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