WAF Security Alert 016 - Tanker Reported Missing off Cotonou

March 21, 2018
Michael cleary

Date: 10-Mar-18                               Time: UNKNOWN

Lat: 06° 18.00   North                       Long: 002° 28.00  East    

 

Event: General Alert

 

Benin

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.

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