A Hapag-Lloyd chartered containership has reportedly been chased by pirates while sailing off the West African nation of Ghana.

The 4,253-teu Rio Grande Express (built 2006) is said to have been approached by two boats containing some nine perpetrators.

However, the ship’s master is said to have conducted several changes of courses and the two boats eventually moved away.

The incident took place earlier this month about 32nm south of Ghana’s Takoradi Port, but details have only just emerged.