Naval News – EUNAVFOR Operation Irini nets embargo buster – 18.07.2022

Last Monday 18th July the EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI found cargo in breach of the United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya on the ro/ro vessel VICTORY RORO after she was spotted by French Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). She has been on the radar for a while when she delivered military vehicles to the country […]

Casualties – Ship XELO sank after running aground off Tunisia – 16.04.2022

On Friday 15th April, 2022 the 1977 built 59 metre ship XELO issued distress signal reporting water ingress, flooded engine room, after she ran aground at the Gulf of Gabes, Tunisia . All 7 crew (2 Azerbaijanis, 4 Turkish and Georgian captain ) were reportedly rescued and hospitalised for checks and currently in a hotel. […]

Piracy – 7 Crew kidnapped from PACIFIC WARDEN – 20.11.2019

Singapore based offshore owner Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) has confirmed reports that the anchor handling tug supply vessel PACIFIC WARDEN was attacked by pirates offshore Equatorial Guinea. The vessel was supporting offshore field operations in Equatorial Guinea with 15 crew onboard, when she was attacked around 0500 hrs LT on Wednesday 20th November, 2019. 7 crew members were […]

Piracy – Boskalis Vessel BLUE MARLIN freed after hijacked – May 2019

On Sunday 5th May ,the Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) semi-submersible heavy transport vessel BLUE MARLIN was hijacked approximately 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea. Through the professional response of the crew and the coordinated support from the navy of Equatorial Guinea and Spain, the violent hijacking has been ended and the crew was safely […]