Date: 10-Mar-18 Time: UNKNOWN
Lat: 06° 18.00 North Long: 002° 28.00 East
Event: General Alert
A report has been issued stating a tanker is missing after departing Cotonou. The tanker departed Cotonou on the 10th March 2018 on route to Port Harcourt. No further information has been released, OPS Global Risk Management will continue to investigate this incident and update this alert accordingly.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the Captain and two crew members were Kidnapped. The vessel is now in Cotonou Where the Benin authorities are conducting an investigation.
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.