Hai Soon 6 tanker was hijacked in Gulf of Guinea

Hai Soon 6   The oil tanker Hai Soon 6 was attacked and hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea. The vessel was making a voyage under cargo, when on 46 nautical miles off the Ghana coast was attacked by 10 armed men on fast boat. The crew tried to maneuver to avoid hijacking, but without any success. The pirates boarded the vessel and took the control changing the course to the Western African coast with unknown direction. According to preliminary information all the crew is kidnapped, but the pirates did not asked for ransom yet. The oil tanker Hai Soon 6 turned off its satellite and AIS system, which disturbed location of the vessel. Usually pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are hijacking ships for steal the cargo and money from the crew, but during the last year there were some accident with kidnapped seamen. The vessel operator and International Maritime Bureau (IMB) do not share more information about the pirates attack.

   The oil tanker Hai Soon 6 (IMO: 9062697) has overall length of 104.52 m, moulded beam of 15.20 m and maximum summer draft of 5.10 m. The cargo vessel has deadweight of 5,497 DWT and gross tonnage of 3,232 GRT. The crude carrier was built in 1993 in Shin Kurushima Hashinama Dockyard in Japan. The vessel is operating under the flag of Kiribati and owned by the Singapore company Hai Soon Shipmanagement.