Pirate Attack: Niger Delta

June 7, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 04/06/2017             Time: 1855LT

Lat: 04°27.00   North       Long: 007°04.00   East

 

Event: Pirate Attack

 

Nigeria

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.

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