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Indian Ocean Security Alert 005 - Explosion Reported on Tanker in Southern Red Sea

April 3, 2018
Michael Cleary

A tanker has reported an explosion in the Southern Red Sea on 3rd April 2018. No further information has been made available at this time.

Indian Ocean Security Alert 004 - Vessel Fired Upon in IRTC

March 31, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel was approached and fired upon in the IRTC on 31st March 2018.

WAF Security Alert 023 - Suspicious Approach Reported off Sierra Leone

March 29, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel was approached by 2 skiffs launched from a fishing vessel off Sierra Leone on 29th March 2018.

WAF Security Alert 022 - Fishing Vessels Hijacked off Ghana

March 27, 2018
Michael Cleary

Two fishing vessels have been attacked and hijacked off Ghana on 26th March 2018.

WAF Security Alert 021 - Suspicious Approach off Lome, Togo

March 23, 2018
Michael Cleary

A report has been received that a tanker has been approached by 2 x suspicious vessels off Lome, Togo on 23rd March 2018.

WAF Security Alert 020 - Tanker fired upon south of Bonny, Nigeria

March 23, 2018
Michael Cleary

A tanker was approached and fired upon south of Bonny on 22nd March 2018. The crew retreated to the citadel and Armed Guards returned fire.

WAF Security Alert 019 - Fishing Vessels Boarded off Badagry, Nigeria

March 23, 2018
Michael Cleary

Crew members have been reported kidnapped after two fishing vessels were boarded off Badagry on 22nd March 2018.

WAF Security Alert 018 - Attempted Hijacking off Benin

March 22, 2018
Michael Cleary

Eight armed persons boarded and attempted to hijack a vessel anchored at Cotonou on 22-March 2018.

WAF Security Alert 017 - Oil Barge Attacked in Rivers State, Nigeria

March 22, 2018
Michael Cleary

An oil barge has been attacked resulting in the death of a perpetrator following the exchange of gunfire.

WAF Security Alert 016 - Tanker Reported Missing off Cotonou

March 21, 2018
Michael cleary

A tanker has been reported as missing after departing Cotonou for Port Harcourt.

WAF Security Alert 015 - Cargo Vessel Boarded and Tanker Attacked South of Bonny

March 17, 2018
Michael Cleary

Pirates have attacked two vessels South of Bonny, Nigeria. They were able to board one vessel forcing the crew to take cover in the citadel. Both vessels are reported as safe after the assistance from the Nigerian Navy.

WAF Security Alert 014 - Suspicious Approach Reported

March 15, 2018
Michael Cleary

A suspicious approach has been reported on a tanker south of Bonny, Nigeria.

WAF Security Alert 013 - Piracy Activity off Ghana and Nigeria

March 8, 2018
Michael Cleary

Reports have been received of a pirate attack in Nigeria and a suspicious approach off Takoradi, Ghana.

WAF Security Alert 012 - Cargo Vessel Approached off Ghana

March 2, 2018
Michael Cleary

A cargo vessel has reported being approached off Ghana. Once the vessel conducted evasive manouvres the pursuing speedboats abborted their approach.

EAF Security Alert 003 - Vessel Approached in Bab El Mandeb

March 2, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been approached by 4 skiffs in the Bab El mandeb. The reports states that ladders were sighted.

WAF Security Alert 011 - Vessel Attacked at Cotonou Anchorage

February 27, 2018
Michael Cleary

Reports have been received that a vessel was attacked by pirates at Cotonou Anchorage in the early hours of 27th Feb 2018. A firefight ensued between the pirates and the onboard security team.

WAF Security Alert 010 - Pirates attack two vessels off Nigeria

February 25, 2018
Michael Cleary

Pirates attacked two vessels South of Bonny, Nigeria on 24th Feb. Both vessels are reported as safe.

EAF Security Alert 002 - Vessel Attacked and Fired Upon in Somali Basin

February 23, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been fired upon by pirates in 3 skiffs while transiting the Somali Basin.

WAF Security Alert 009 - Supply Vessel Attacked by Armed Pirates

February 22, 2018
Michael Cleary

A supply vessel has been attacked by a boat carrying 8 armed men.

WAF Security Alert 008 - Tanker Attacked off Nigeria

February 19, 2018
Michael Cleary

A Panamanian Flagged tanker has been attacked and fired upon SW of Bonny FWB.

EAF Security Alert 001 - Vessel Approached Near IRTC Point Bravo

February 18, 2018
Michael Cleary

A yacht has been approached by 3 skiffs in the Gulf of Aden.

WAF Security Alert 007 - Attempted Hijacking at Cotonou Anchorage

February 18, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel has reported being boarded by unauthorised persons at Cotonou anchorage.

WAF Security Alert 006 - Pirate Attack South of Bonny

February 15, 2018
Michael Cleary

Pirates have attacked and fired upon a cargo vessel transiting south of Bonny Island, Nigeria.

WAF Security Alert 005 - Vessel attacked off Cameroon

February 10, 2018
Michael Cleary

A fishing vesselhas been attacked by pirates off Cameroon. 3 crew members are reported as being kidnapped.

WAF Security Alert 004 - Pirate Attack South of Bonny, Nigeria

February 10, 2018
Michael Cleary

A tanker has been attacked by pirates 50nm SE of Brass terminal.

WAF Security Alert 003 - Pirate attack off Bonny

February 9, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been attacked by pirates 35NM SW of Bonny FWB.

WAF Security Alert 002 - Suspicious Approach off Bonny

February 8, 2018
Michael cleary

A vessel was approached by 1 skiff off Bonny, Nigeria. The skiff aborted its approach after seeing the on-board security team.

WAF Security Alert 001 - Tanker Missing off Cotonou

February 1, 2018
Michael Cleary

The owners of a tanker have reported it as missing on 1st Feb 2018. The vessel was in Cotonou anchorage when communications were lost.

Security Alert Nigeria: Tanker issues Distress Call off Bonny Island

January 24, 2018
Michael Cleary

A Tanker has issued a distress call 65nm SW of Bonny Island on 24-Jan-2018

Maritime Security Alert - West Africa - Robbery at Lagos Anchorage

January 19, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel was boarded by robbers while conducting STS operations at Lagos offshore anchorage.

West Africa Security Alert: Vessel Hijacked off Cotonou 10th Jan 18

January 17, 2018
Michael Cleary

A tanker has been reported as hijacked off Cotonou, Benin, Communications and tracking capabuilities were lost on 10th Jan 2018.

Nigeria: Pirates Demand Ransom for Abducted Passenger

January 9, 2018
Michael Cleary

A passenger employed by the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board has been abducted by pirates who have demanded a ransom for his return,

Suspicious Vessel Reported in Bab El Mabdeb 9th Jan 2018

January 9, 2018
Michael Cleary

A vessel has reported being approached by a suspicious skiff carrying masked persons on board.

Gulf of Aden Security Alert: Vessel Approached by 3 Skiffs on 14-Dec-17

December 14, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has reported being approached while underway in the Gulf of Aden.

Suspected Militants Approach Vessel off Hodeidah

December 8, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel sailing SW of Hodeidah has been approached by skiffs with armed personnel. It is suspected they were militants.

Security Alert: Vessel Fired Upon in Gulf of Oman

November 23, 2017
Michael Cleary

A Cargo Vessel has been approached by 5 skiffs in the Gulf of Oman. During the approach the skiffs fired upon the vessel.

Vessel Attacked Near Mukulla Port, Yemen

November 22, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been attacked by 4 skiffs with armed POB off Mukulla in Yemen.

Security Alert: Vessel Approached by Skiff in the Somali Basin (UPDATE)

November 17, 2017
Michael Cleary

Further details have been released relating to the vessel which was approached by a skiff on 17-Nov-17. UKMTO have reported this as an unsuccessful boarding attempt after RPGs were fired at the vessel.

Nigeria: Boarding Attempt and Pirate Attack off Bonny

November 17, 2017
Michael Cleary

A Tanker and Bulk Carrier were approached by Pirates off Bonny. The Pirates managed to successfully board the Bulk Carrier.

Vessel Hijacked in Bayelsa State, Nigeria

November 14, 2017
Michael Cleary

A passenger boat has been hijacked in the Bayelsa state waterways. several passengers are reported as injured.

Nigeria: Pirates Attack Bulk Carrier

November 13, 2017
Michael Cleary

Two crew members have been injured after pirates attacked and boardede a Bulk Carrier off Bonny.

WAF Security Alert: Suspicious Approach in Lome Anchorage

November 3, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel was approached by 1 skiff with 7 masked POB in Lome Anchorage.

Nigeria: PAG Attacks two vessels in Same Day

November 2, 2017
Michael Cleary

It has been reported that a second tanker was attacked by the same PAG off Bonny on 01-Nov-2017.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 01-Nov-17

November 1, 2017
Michael Cleary

OPS have received reports of a tanker being attacked by pirates in the Bonny region.

Security Alert: Vessel Attacked South of Socotra Island

October 24, 2017
Michael Cleary

Five crew members have been shot with one seriously injured in an attack on a vessel south of Socotra Island.

Gulf of Aden Security Alert 06-Oct-17

October 6, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has reported being approached in the Gulf of Aden by two skiffs with ladders.

Bonny River: Vessel Hijacked on 03 Oct 2017

October 5, 2017
Michael Cleary

A passenger boat has been hijcked by armed pirates in the Bonny River, Nigeria.

Bonny Island: Pirate Attack 02-Oct-17

October 3, 2017
Michael Cleary

A supply vessel has been attacked by pirates 5nm South of Bonny Island, Nigeria.

General Advisory - Libyan Waters

September 29, 2017
Michael Cleary

Due to an increase in incidents reported off Libya, IMB have released an general advisory notice to vessels sailing in the region.

Yemen: Vessel Fired upon

September 28, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been attacked off Yemen on 28-Sept-17.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 26-Sep-17

September 27, 2017
Michael Cleary

A chemical tanker hass been attacked and boarded off Brass. The Captain and Chief Engineer have been kidnapped.

Nigeria: Pirate Attacks in Bayelsa State Waterways 20 & 25-Sep-17

September 27, 2017
Michael Cleary

3 people kidnapped and 2 killed in separate attacks in the Bayelsa State waterways.

Bab el Mandeb: Suspicious Approach 26-Sep-2017

September 27, 2017
Michael Cleary

A Bulk Carrier was approached by 5 skiffs near to Bob el Mandeb.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 22-Sept-2017

September 25, 2017
Michael Cleary

A tug and barge have been attacked in Bayelsa State resulting in 3 personnel injured and 3 killed.

Mediterranean Sea: Vessel Attacked by Suspected Militants

September 25, 2017
Michael Cleary

A bulk carrier has been attacked by suspected militants who fired guns and rockets at the vessel.

Gulf of Aden: Security Alert 22-Sep-17

September 22, 2017
Michael Cleary

A skiff with armed personnel on board has been sighted in the IRTC.

Nigeria: 1 Crew Killed 2 Abducted in the Delta Region

September 19, 2017
Michael Cleary

One crew member reported as killed and two abducted during an attack in Nigeria's Delta region.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 18-Sep-17

September 19, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been attacked off Calabar which has resulted in 5 crew kidnapped.

Malaysia: Vessel Hijack 6th Sept 17

September 8, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been hijacked by a group of 13 pirates off Malaysia.

Nigeria: Militant Attack 28-Aug-17

August 31, 2017
Michael Cleary

Four Nigerian soldiers and a civilian have been killed by suspected Militants who ambushed a Naval gunboat.

Bab El Mandeb: Suspicious Approach 28-Aug-17

August 29, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been approached in the Southern Red Sea by 4 skiffs carrying ladders.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 11-Aug-17

August 12, 2017
Michael Cleary

Pirates attacked a tug boat off the Delta State in Nigeria and kidnapped the Captain and two crew.

Southern Red Sea: Suspicious Approach 10-Aug-2017

August 11, 2017
Michael Cleary

The UKMTO has issued a report of a vessel being approached by 7 skiffs in the Southern Red Sea.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 31-Jul-17

August 3, 2017
Michael Cleary

A Tanker has been boarded by pirates off Bonny, Nigeria. 3 crew members are reported as kidnapped and personal belongings were stolen.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 30-July-2017

July 31, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been boarded by pirates off Bonny, Nigeria resulting in 5 crew members being kidnapped.

Maritime Security Alert: Gulf of Aden 29-July-17

July 31, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel was approached while underway in the Gulf of Aden. The on-board security team fired warning shots resulting in skiff aborting its approach.

Boarding Attempt in Southern Red Sea 25-Jul-2017

July 26, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel was followed by 9 skiffs carrying ladders in the South Red Sea.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 12-Jul-17

July 13, 2017
Michael Cleary

Master and Chief Engineer are reported as kidnapped after a pirate attack off Port harcourt.

Gulf of Oman: Suspicious Approach 11-Jul-17

July 12, 2017
Michael Cleary

Merchant vessel approached by a suspected pirate skiff in the Gulf of Oman.

Security Alert: Bab El Mandeb

June 28, 2017
OPS Global Risk Management

A suspected pirate action group has approached a vessel south of the Bab El Mandeb Strait.

Security Alert: South Red Sea 25-Jun-17

June 26, 2017
OPS Global Risk Management

Weapons have been sighted aboard a skiff which made a close approach to a vessel in the South Red Sea.

Pirate Attack: Niger Delta

June 7, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has been attacked by armed pirates in the Niger Delta. Master and Chief Engineer have been abducted.

Pirate Attack: Gulf of Oman 01-Jun-17

June 2, 2017
OPS Global Risk Management

A Marshall Islands Oil Tanker has been attacked by 1 x skiff in the Gulf of Oman

Security Alert: Pirate Attack in Gulf of Guinea

May 31, 2017
OPS Global Risk Management

A vessel has been attacked by pirates off Nigeria which has resulted in the death of crew members.

Pirate Attack: Bab El Mandeb (update)

May 31, 2017
OPS Global Risk Management

A vessel has been attacked by pirates in the Bab El Mandeb Strait.

Somalia: Potential PAG Mother Vessel Sighting

May 26, 2017
Michael Cleary

UKMTO have released details of a Dhow which is suspected of being a pirate action group mother vessel.

Gulf of Aden: Maritime Security Alerts 17-May-17

May 17, 2017
Michael Cleary

OPS Global Risk management have received reports of 2 security related incidents on 16 & 17th May 17. Vessels transiting this area are advised to ensure anti-piracy measures are in place.

Security Alert: Multiple Pirate Attacks in Gulf of Guinea

May 14, 2017
Michael Cleary

Two vessels were attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on 12-May-17.

Security Advisory: Gulf of Aden 11-May-17

May 11, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has reported being approached by 3 skiffs in the Gulf of Aden.

Strait of Hormuz: Boarding Attempt 07-May-17

May 7, 2017
Michael Cleary

A merchant vessel has been approached in the Strait of Hormuz by a mother ship and 3 x skiffs carrying ladders.

Security Alert Gulf of Aden 03-May-17

May 3, 2017
Michael Cleary

OPS have received reports of numerous suspicious approaches on commercial vessels between 01/02 May 2017.

Security Alert West Africa 29-Apr-2017

April 29, 2017
Michael Cleary

Ocean Protection Services have received reports of multiple piracy incidents including the hijacking of a UK Flagged vessel.

Indian Ocean: Vessel attacked off the Somali Coast 22-Apr-17

April 22, 2017
Clearwater

A vessel has been attacked by between 4-10 skiffs off the Somali coast.

Nigeria: Vessel Boarded and Crew Kidnappped19-Apr-2017

April 20, 2017
Clearwater

A vessel was boarded by armed pirates off Brass, Nigeria resulting in 1 crew member injured and 8 kidnapped.

Gulf of Guinea: Pirate Attack 19/04/2017

April 19, 2017
Clearwater

Suspected pirates have fired upon a vessel 3nm southeast of Agbami Terminal, Nigeria.

Suspicious Approach in Bab El Mandeb 16/04/2017

April 19, 2017
Clearwater

A container vessel was approached multiple times by up to 3 x skiffs while transiting the Bab El mandeb Strait.

Gulf of Aden Pirate Attack 15/04/2017

April 15, 2017
Clearwater

A Pirate Action Group has carried out an attack on a vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 12/04/2017

April 15, 2017
Ocean Protection Services

Nigeria It has been reported that a gun battle has taken place involving pirates and troops that were responding to a call of an attack at Creek 6 Houseboat, Cawthorne channel, Ijawkiri between Bayelsa and Rivers States. Two soldiers were killed and three injured during the incident.

Nigeria: Pirate Attack 12/04/2017

April 15, 2017
Clearwater

Reports have been recieved of a gun battle between Nigerian Armed Forces and a Pirate Group.

Indian Ocean: Vessel Fired upon 14/04/2017

April 14, 2017
Clearwater

A vessel has been fired upon by a skiff with 6-7 armed persons onboard.

Indian Ocean: Supicious Approach 09/04/2017

April 10, 2017
Michael Cleary

A vessel has reported being approached by a skiff with 4 x armed personnel on board.

Indian Ocean: Update on Bulk Carrier Hijacked on 08/04/2017

April 10, 2017
Clearwater

Gulf of Aden OPS has received a report that a bulk carrier has been attacked and boarded close to Point 'B' of the Eastern IRTC. The UKMTO received a report from the vessel under attack and have received confirmation from a nearby vessel that pirates have been sighted onboard with one skiff reported to be alongside the bulk carrier.

Gulf of Aden: Pirate Attack 08/04/2017

April 10, 2017
Ocean Protection Services

Gulf of Aden OPS has received a report that a bulk carrier has been attacked and boarded close to Point 'B' of the Eastern IRTC. The UKMTO received a report from the vessel under attack and have received confirmation from a nearby vessel that pirates have been sighted onboard with one skiff reported to be alongside the bulk carrier. No further information is available at this time, upon receipt of confirmed information, OPS will release an update.

Gulf of Aden: Pirate Attack 08/04/2017

April 8, 2017
Clearwater

A bulk carrier has been attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

April 6, 2017
Stratfor

Somali intelligence official suggests that the cause of the recent increase piracy incidents could be linked to financial support from Yemen.

Security Alert: Indian Ocean 03/04/2017

April 3, 2017
Ocean Protection Services

Gulf of Aden It has been reported that a Dhow has been hijacked whilst underway near Socotra Island, exact position has yet to be confirmed. The Dhow was transiting from Dubai to Bosaso when armed pirates managed to board. The Dhow has been taken to the area of Eyl, the pirates are still onboard and they have demanded a ransom.

Nigeria: Pirates Attack Bulk Carrier and Kidnap Crew

March 31, 2017
Ocean Protection Services

NIGERIA It has been reported that a bulk carrier has been attacked whilst underway 11nm east of Brass Terminal. Four armed pirates managed to board the vessel and kidnap five crew members, one being the Captain, before escaping. The Nigeria Navy have been notified.

Nigeria: Pirates Attacked and Attempted to Board Tanker

March 30, 2017
Ocean Protection Services

NIGERIA OPS Global Risk Management has received a report that a Panamanian flagged tanker was attacked whilst underway approximately 20nm South of Bonga Field. The attack and attempt to board by the pirates was aborted when a nearby Naval gun boat came to support the tanker. MDAT-GoG have confirmed that the Naval gun boat is escorting the tanker to safety and that the vessel is safe.

Indian Ocean: Hijacked Dhow being used as Pirate Mothership

March 27, 2017
Clearwater

Somalia It has been reported that a fishing Dhow has been hijacked in the vicinity of Eyl. The exact position and time of this incident is currently unknown, it has been confirmed that the crew of the Dhow were immediately disembarked from the vessel prior to the pirates heading to the open sea. The nature of this incident is unique to this area and concerns have been raised, due to this Dhow now having the potential for being utilised as a Mothership within the Somalian waters.

Dhow Hijacked off Somalia 24/03/2017

March 24, 2017
Clearwater/BIMCO

Somalia It has been reported that a fishing Dhow has been hijacked in the vicinity of Eyl. The exact position and time of this incident is currently unknown, it has been confirmed that the crew of the Dhow were immediately disembarked from the vessel prior to the pirates heading to the open sea. The nature of this incident is unique to this area and concerns have been raised, due to this Dhow now having the potential for being utilised as a Mothership within the Somalian waters.

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