Two incidents to report this week:
180/ Port Harcourt/ 17NM
On the 30th early in the morning: In position 04°10.12N – 006°59.44E, a merchant vessel was attacked by pirates. The Nigerian navy assisted the vessel but they found only the cook on board: five crew members were kidnapped.
325/Nouakchott / 80 NM
On 03 August 2017, at 2200UTC, a merchant vessel was approached (less than 3 cables) in position 1648N 01651W by a small speedy craft. The MV was less than 30 NM off the Mauritanian coast. The craft claimed to be Mauritanian Navy and requested the MV to stop or she would fire. Evasive manoeuvres were taken and alarm raised which finally deterred the approach. MV and crew are safe. Mariners are advised to exercise caution in this area.