Nigeria It has been reported that a Spanish flagged LNG tanker was attacked whilst sailing inbound to Bonny terminal, approximately 10nm Southeast of AKPO Field, Nigeria. One speedboat with seven armed pirates onboard chased the tanker for approximately thirty minutes. The pirates opened fire at the tanker and then attempted to board using a long ladder. A security vessel was dispatched to support the tanker. The speed boat escaped, heading off at high speed on an easterly course at approximately 0725 LT. MDAT-GoG have issued a warning notice confirming the attack. They have confirmed that no injuries have been reported and that the vessel is 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.