Histria Ivory ship, with 21 Romanian sailors on board, was attacked Sunday evening by pirates near the port of Lome, Togo. Three sailors have been taken hostages, information confirmed by the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry, which has set up a crisis cell.
Histria Ivory was in the Togo waters under the pavilion of Malta. The information was delivered by the owning company, romaniatv.net reports.
Leader of the Free Trade Union of Navigators (SLN) and representative of the International Transport Federation (ITF) Adrian Mihălcioiu said on Monday that the Histria Ivory ship was attacked by the pirates shortly after leaving the port of Lome in Togo. Thus, at 20 nautical miles from the port, the pirates attacked the ship, boarded and took over several sailors. After that, the pirates left the ship with the hostages, and the other sailors returned to Lome. The ship was damaged by the attack and is about to be repaired. The sailors aboard the ship have not been injured, said Adrian Mihălcioiu.
The Histria Ivory ship, under Malta flag, which belongs to the ‘Histria’ company in Constanta, transported petrochemical goods from Togo to Liberia. The crew consists only of Romanian sailors.
The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that three Romanian sailors are missing.
“The Foreign Affairs Ministry, through the Romanian Embassy in Abuja, is following the events after the incident in the territorial waters of Togo on March 3, 2019, in which a ship under Malta’s pavilion was involved. The representatives of the diplomatic mission have made steps to the local authorities, in emergency, for exchange of information. The Foreign Minister has decided to activate a crisis cell which, through the Romanian Embassy in Abuja, is monitoring the situation and is in constant contact with the local authorities, with the ship-owner and with the relevant authorities,” the MAE representatives say.