Date: 10-Jan-18 Time: UNKNOWN
Lat: 06°15.02 North Long: 002°31.04 East
It has been reported and OPS Global Risk Management can confirm that a Marshall Islands flagged tanker was hijacked whilst anchored at Cotonou Anchorage. The vessel was reported missing by the operators in the early hours of the morning on the 10th January after communications and all tracking capabilities were lost. All relevant authorities have been notified and are currently working to ensure both the vessel and 22 crew members are located and safe. We will update this alert accordingly. UPDATE: OPS Global Risk Management can confirm that following a resolution process with the pirates holding the vessel, the tanker and crew were released on the 16th January. The vessel has arrived in Lagos and all 22 crew members are reported 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.