WAF Security Alert 018 - Attempted Hijacking off Benin

March 22, 2018
Michael Cleary

Date: 22-Mar-18                               Time: 0215 LT 

Lat: 06° 15.40   North       Long: 002° 30.50  East

 

Event: Attempted Hijacking

 

Benin

OPS Global Risk Management has received a report that a vessel was boarded whilst anchored at Cotonou. Eight persons armed with knives and guns, boarded the vessel from a small boat. The assailants demanded that the crew got the vessel underway, however the crew members were unable to start the vessel's main engine. After an hour and a half, the perpetrators made their escape after stealing items of ship's property and the personal belongings of the crew.

 

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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