The heavy load carrier Blue Marlin was attacked and boarded by seven armed pirates, earlier this week, in the Gulf of Guinea, while on its way to Malta.
The pirates used the ship’s PA to demand the crew surrendered, and gave them all their money and valuables.
The crew remained in citadel, but the pirates found a hole and fired into the citadel. Fortunately no one was injured.
Answering the ship’s distress signal, the Spanish navy – on a security patrol in the Gulf of Guinea – sent its patrol ship Serviola P-71 to assist.
At dawn on Monday 06 May, a team of seven Spanish marines boarded Blue Marlin and secured the vessel.
A larger team of Spanish and Equatorial Guinea forces followed shortly afterwards.
No pirates were found, and the crew were all unharmed.
However, the attackers fired off weapons during while onboard, badly damaging Blue Marlin's bridge, rendering her unsuitable for navigation until repairs are completed.
The vessel is now awaiting for towage.