WAF Security Alert 003 - Pirate attack off Bonny

February 9, 2018
Michael Cleary

Date: 09-Feb-18                                Time: 0600 UTC  

Lat: 03°40.37   North                        Long: 006°45.11   East    


Event: Pirate Attack



It has been reported that a cargo vessel has been attacked whilst underway 35nm southwest of Bonny Fairway Buoy. A distress call was made via VHF Ch16 and the SSAS was activated. Since the distress call was made, the vessel has been drifting approximately 31nm southwest of Bonny Fairway Buoy.

UPDATE: MDAT-GoG have confirmed that the vessel is now safe. We are still awaiting confirmation regarding the status of the crew members. We will continue to investigate this incident and update accordingly. 

UPDATE 2: OPS Global Risk Management has received further information regarding the attack on the cargo vessel. Two speed boats with ten pirates onboard, made several attempts to board the cargo vessel. Eventually five of the pirates were able to climb onboard and reports state that four crew members have been kidnapped. OPS will continue to investigate this incident and update accordingly.


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.


Source: Clearwater



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