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Merchant Vessel Attacked by Pirates off of Nigeria - Update

IMB ICC Update

17.08.2016: 1327 LT: Posn: 03:54.5N - 007:09.3E, around 28NM South of Bonny, Nigeria

Nine pirates armed with guns in a wooden speedboat approached and boarded a general cargo ship underway. Alarm raised, SSAS activated and all crew retreated to the citadel.

The pirates had left when the Nigerian Navy intercepted and boarded the vessel. All crew safe.

After the earlier Maritime Security Alert regarding an attack on a merchant vessel off Rivers state, the following information has become available.

On 17 August at 1448 UTC the merchant vessel VECTIS OSPREY reportedly sent a distress call as it came under attack around 29NM off Rivers state, Nigeria.

Several pirates boarded the vessel as crew retreated to the citadel.

No further information is available at this time.

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