An LPG Carrier has narrowly avoided being hijacked by pirates off the West Coast of Africa, TradeWinds has learnt.

The incident took place on Monday in position 04° 46.7'S, 010° 08.3'E, around 101 nautical miles (nm) west of Pointe Noire, in the Republic of Congo.

“Pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon an LPG tanker carrying out bunkering operations,” said the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre

The ship carried out an emergency bunker stop and cast off after which it increased speed increased and took evasive manoeuvres.