Nigeria: Pirate Attack 22-Sept-2017

September 25, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 22-Sept-17                              Time: 1900LT

Lat: 04°26.00   North                        Long: 005°57.00   East    

 

Event: Pirate Attack

 

Nigeria

OPS Global Risk Management has received a report that a barge being towed by a local tugboat was attacked whilst underway in the Bayelsa State waterways. Heavily armed men onboard a 200hp speedboat approached and opened fire on the tug and barge. Three security personnel were injured in the attack. Two members of the Nigerian Security and Defence Corps who were escorting the vessel and a civilian were killed.

 

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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