Maersk Tema boarded by pirates off Guinea

Post-Panamax container vessel Maersk Tema was boarded by pirates while underway off the coast of West Africa on Friday, February 14.

It is believed that two men boarded the 5,466 TEU boxship some 90 nautical miles northwest of Sao Tome, as the vessel was sailing from Pointe Noir to Lagos, according to a report from Dryad Global.

Dryad added that two skiffs were seen in the vicinity of the attack. It was further reported that the crew members managed to reach the citadel to hide from pirates.

The container vessel Maersk Tema, built in 2015, is owned and operated by the charter company Peter Döhle Schiffart and Bernhard Schulte ship Management.

Danish shipping line Maersk, the charterer of the containership, confirmed the attack on social media accounts saying that the vessel was attacked by pirates when located 200 nautical miles west off Guinea.

In an update on the following day, Maersk said the ship and its crew were safe and free of pirates.

“It is with relief that we have received confirmation, that the vessel, which was attacked by pirates on February is now cleared and all crew are safe and accounted for. We will continue to offer our full support to Peter Döhle Schiffart and Bernhard Schulte ship Management,” Maersk released on Twitter.

The company did not disclose further details on the incident.

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