Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) confirms that the Pacific Warden, an Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS), was attacked offshore Equatorial Guinea on 20 November 2019 at approximately 05:00 local time. The vessel was supporting offshore field operations in Equatorial Guinea.
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There were 15 crew members on board. Eight are safely ashore and unharmed. Seven crew members were taken by the attackers and are missing. The local authorities and the Navy of Equatorial Guinea responded quickly to the incident.
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.
SPO has no further details at present and asks that the media respect the privacy of the affected crewmembers’ families at this difficult time.