Security Alert West Africa 29-Apr-2017

April 29, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 29/04/2017             Time: 0755 UTC

Lat: 03°41.30   North       Long: 006°46.55   East

 

Event: Hijacking

 

Gulf of Guinea

It has been reported that a United Kingdom flagged cargo vessel has been hijacked by pirates whilst underway, approximately 16nm Southwest of Okwori Terminal. The vessel was approached by one speedboat with armed pirates onboard. The cargo ship undertook anti-piracy measures however, according to initial reports, the pirates were able to board. MDAT-GoG have confirmed that the pirates have taken control of the vessel. The crew are reported to be mustered in the vessel's citadel and the Nigerian Navy have been contacted in order to send a nearby vessel to assist.

 

Date: 29/04/2017             Time: 0410UTC

Lat: 03°51.00   North       Long: 006°46.00   East

 

Event: Pirate Attack

 

Gulf of Guinea

OPS Global Risk Management has received a report that a Liberian flagged reefer cargo vessel was attacked whilst underway to Port Harcourt, approximately 13nm West of Okwori Terminal. One speedboat with armed pirates onboard approached and opened fire on the cargo ship. The pirates then attempted to board the vessel. The cargo ship undertook anti-piracy measures and was able to escape. The vessel and crew are reported as safe.

 

Date: 28/04/2017             Time: Unknown

Lat: 03°45.00    North      Long: 007°04.00   East

 

Event: Pirate Attack

 

Gulf of Guinea

OPS Global Risk Management has received a report that a Liberian flagged, refrigerated cargo vessel was attacked whilst underway to Pointe Noire approximately 12nm Southeast of Okwori Terminal. Four speed boats with armed pirates onboard approached and fired upon the cargo vessel and then attempted to board using hooks. The Master of the vessel increased speed and carried out evasive manoeuvres which resulted in the Pirates aborting their attack. The vessel and crew are reported as safe.

 

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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