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 kidnapped and are currently missing.

“The safety of the people on board our vessel is always our top priority. SPO will do everything possible to secure the safe and timely return of the missing crew members, in coordination with their families and relevant authorities,” the company said in a statement.

PACIFIC WARDEN was built in 2002 in Norway by Vard Brevik at Brevik and she’s a W Class with Swire Fleet. The Class is equipped with Dynamic Positioning (DP2), a 300-tonne RRM Brattvaag winch and 136-144 tons of bollard pull.

Aerial Images below are of her sister ship PACIFIC WIZARD engaged in towing the jack up oil rig WILFORCE while approaching Malta back to 9th December 2009.

Another sister ship PACIFIC WYVERN leaving Valletta, Malta back to 13th June 2005.

Watermarked Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos – www.maltashipphotos.com

Published – Monday 25th November 2019