WAF Security Alert 010 - Pirates attack two vessels off Nigeria

February 25, 2018
Michael Cleary

Date: 24-Feb-18                                Time: 1122 LT  

Lat: 03°35.00   North                        Long: 007°02.00   East    


Event: Pirate Attack



It has been reported that a tanker is under attack 40nm south of Bonny. A distress call has been received by VHF and the vessel is calling for assistance. UPDATE: Further information has been received stating that Pirates on board a speed boat chased the cargo vessel which increased speed to 20kts. After thirty minutes the pirates discontinued the chase. The Nigerian Navy was in communication with the vessel and dispatched a Naval warship to assist. A ladder and two mounted machine guns were sighted on the speed boat.


Date: 24-Feb-18                                Time: 1520 UTC  

Lat: 03°38.00   North                        Long: 006°42.00   East    


Event: Pirate Attack


South of Bonny, Nigeria

Exact location to be confirmed. It has been reported that a vessel has been attacked approximately 36nm Southwest of Brass Terminal. Ten armed pirates in a speedboat opened fire towards the ship. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, which resulted in the pirates aborting their attack.


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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