Date: 24-Jan-18 Time: 0845 UTC
Lat: 03°34.16 North Long: 006°28.07 East
Event: General Alert
It has been reported that a tanker has issued a distress call via VHF whilst underway approximately 65nm south west of Bonny Island. UPDATE: Information has been released stating the tanker was attacked, the onboard armed security team reacted to the situation resulting in the pirates aborting their attempt to board the vessel.
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.