Pirate attack off Togo spooks West Africa bunker market
Pirates have seized a tanker carrying clean oil products off the coast of Togo, according to news reports, sending an ominous signal to the regional bunker market.
The 40,416 dwt Histria Ivory, flagged to Malta, was off the coast of Togo and near the port off Lome on Tuesday, according to S&P Global Platts ship tracking software cFlow.
The seizure has made bunker market participants in the region nervous, a market source said.
The vessel, with Romanian crew members on board, was involved in an incident March 3 in the territorial waters of Togo, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Platts.
The vessel was carrying petrochemicals and was leaving the port, according to news reports.