Security Alert: Multiple Pirate Attacks in Gulf of Guinea

May 14, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 12/05/2017             Time: 2220LT

Lat: 04°13.32   North       Long: 007°58.06   East

 

Event: Pirate Attack

 

Gulf of Guinea

OPS Global Risk Management has received a report stating that a Marshall Islands flagged offshore supply vessel was boarded whilst anchored, approximately 4.4nm Southwest of Kwa Ibo Terminal. Two speed boats containing number of armed persons approached the vessel. The duty crew on-board the supply vessel spotted the speed boats, raised the alarm and were able to retreat to the citadel before the pirates boarded. A Nigerian security vessel arrived some time after to assist the supply vessel but the pirates had escaped.

 

Date: 12/05/2017             Time: 2000LT

Lat: 04°23.00   North       Long: 007°50.00   East

 

Event: Pirate Attack

 

Gulf of Guinea

It has been reported that a Panamanian flagged offshore supply vessel was approached whilst anchored, approximately 1.3nm South-southeast of Okoro Terminal. One speed boat with six armed pirates on-board approached to within one cable of the vessel. The armed security team on-board the vessel fired a warning shot, which resulted in the pirates firing almost twenty rounds against the supply ship. The security personnel then opened fire directly at the speed boat resulting in the pirates aborting their attack and leaving the area. No casualties were reported during the incident.

 

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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