10 Armed Pirates Kidnap 8 Crew off Nigeria

February 8, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 05/02/2017             Time: 1025LT

Lat: 03°58.36 North         Long: 005°28.36 East

 

Event: Attack

 

17nm SSW of Pennington Terminal. Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

A warning notice has been issued by MDAT - GoG stating that a cargo vessel has been attacked and is drifting about 17nm SSW of Pennington Terminal. The notice also states that the vessel reported the attack to her CSO by email. No further information is currently available.

 

UPDATE: IMB have reported that the vessel was boarded by pirates who kidnapped an unknown number of crew and escaped. The Nigerian Navy have been informed.

 

UPDATE 2: MDAT - GoG have now stated that eight crew were kidnapped by pirates armed with automatic guns.

 

UPDATE 3: It has been confirmed that this incident involved ten pirates operating in three speed boats supported by a tug with white superstructure and blue hull.

 

Vessels within a 100 nautical mile radius should increase their anti-piracy deterrents in line with Best Management Practices 4. This should include increased twenty four hour anti-piracy watch keeping and radar monitoring. Vessel hardening should be checked and where appropriate bolstered.

Source: Clearwater

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