Date: 04/06/2017 Time: 1855LT
Lat: 04°27.00 North Long: 007°04.00 East
Event: Pirate Attack
It has been reported that a tug boat was boarded whilst transiting through the Cawthorne Chanel, West Bonny River. Five pirates armed with AK 47 rifles and a General Purpose Machine Gun approached in one speed boat and abducted the Captain and Chief Engineer. It is reported that both crew members were Nigerian nationals.
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.