In a new case of piracy in the Golf of Guinea, Greek tanker ORFEAS disappeared from the screens and remained unreachable for three long days. It must have been dreadful hours for the crew, their families and the ship managment. Pirates had hijacked the vessel transporting 35,000 tons of gasoline to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.
Obviously, navigation equipment had been cut down on the vessel, so it could no longer be detected by AIS, neither terrestrial nor satellite, or contacted via Inmarsat. While “invisible”, the vessel crossed the Gulf of Guinea sailing some 650 nautical miles until it popped up again on Oct 9th, when the pirates finally released the ship with crew in good health, having stolen part of the cargo (see our news coverage).
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