Heavy load carrier BLUE MARLIN was attacked and boarded by 7 armed pirates at around 1200 UTC May 5 in vicinity 03 00N 007 50E, Gulf of Guinea, SW of Luba port, Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. The ship left Luba in the morning May 5, bound for Valetta, Malta.
Master activated SSAS, all 20 crew mustered in the citadel. Pirates demanded from crew via PA to surrender, and give to pirates all money and valuables seamen have. The crew remained in the citadel, pirates found a hole and fired through it into the citadel, but luckily, without injuring anyone.
Meanwhile, Operations and Surveillance Center of the Navy (COVAM), alerted by ship’s distress signal, ordered patrol boat of Spanish Navy SERVIOLA P-71, deployed in international Navy security mission in the Gulf of Guinea, to free hijacked ship.
In the morning May 6 spec ops team boarded BLUE MARLIN, and freed the ship. It is not known, if pirates were seized, or they managed to flee.
As of 0130 UTC May 7, BLUE MARLIN was adrift near the attack site, most probably clearing up the mess and preparing to resume the voyage. Or maybe, she’ll call the nearest port for investigation. Reportedly, the military team is still on board.