22nd November, 2010
The NS Spirit tanker owned by Novoship, part of Russiaâ€™s largest shipping companyÂ Sovcomflot, was attacked by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on Monday, injuring oneÂ Russian crew member, the company said.
â€œThe captain of the tanker said around 10 armed men boarded the vessel…and openedÂ fire from automatic weapons. The crew took refuge and the pirates left the vesselÂ shortly after the attack,â€ Novoship said, adding that there were no further raidÂ attempts.
One crew member was wounded by gunfire and is being evacuated.
The attack took place at 22:49 Sunday GMT, 30 miles from the Nigerian coast, whenÂ the vessel was approaching Lagos port.
The vessel, with a crew of 22 Russian citizens and a Liberian flag, was transportingÂ 37,700 tons of gasoline to Lagos port.