WAF Security Alert 013 - Piracy Activity off Ghana and Nigeria

March 8, 2018
Michael Cleary

Date: 08-Mar-18                               Time: UNKNOWN  

Lat: 04°27.00   North                        Long: 005°52.00   East    


Event: Pirate Attack


Bayelsa State, Nigeria

OPS Global Risk Management has received a report that a passenger boat was attacked whilst underway in the Koluama creeks. Armed pirates shot two passengers, one of which was a pregnant woman. The pirates then stole personal belongings from the passengers and a 200 horsepower engine from the passenger boat. The passengers have been rescued and taken to the nearby village of Koluama II


Date: 08-Mar-18               Time: 1800 LT  

Lat: 03°55.00   North        Long: 001°14.00   West  


Event: Suspicious Approach



It has been reported that a vessel has been approached by three skiffs 65nm south east of Takoradi. The occupants were wearing camouflage clothing and carrying weapons.

UPDATE: OPS has received a report stating that the vessel involved was a Liberian flagged container ship. The three skiffs had up to six armed persons onboard and approached the vessel from the port quarter, starboard quarter and starboard bow to within 0.5nm. The Master of the container ship increased speed and undertook evasive manoeuvres. The skiffs pursued the vessel for five minutes before aborting due to a moderate swell. The vessel and crew have been 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.


Source: Clearwater & MDAT-GoG



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