Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days
19.02.2018: 0824 UTC:
Posn: 04:02.66N – 006:34.33E, Around 25nm SE of Brass, Nigeria.
Six pirates armed with AK-47 rifles in a black hull speed boat approached and attempted to board a crude oil tanker underway. Master raised the alarm, activated SSAS, transmitted distress message, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and crew secured all access doors.
The pirates made seven attempts to hook an aluminum ladder on the tanker’s railing but were unsuccessful due to the evasive manoeuvres taken by the Master. They then, fired upon at the tanker and moved away. A Nigerian Navy boat was in contact with the tanker and arrived at the location.
The tanker and crew are safe.
24.01.2018: 0900 UTC:
Posn: 03:30N – 006:20E, Around 48nm South of Brass, Nigeria.
Armed pirates chased and attacked a product tanker underway. The presence of armed naval personnel onboard the tanker resulted in the pirates aborting the attack. The tanker and crew members are safe.
17.02.2018: 2250 UTC:
Posn 06:17.9N – 002:30.3E, Cotonou Anchorage, Benin.
Duty OOW onboard an anchored tanker noticed three armed persons on deck and immediately raised the alarm. SSAS activated and all crew retreated to the citadel. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received the incident information from the CSO and immediately informed the Benin Authorities.
Three patrol boats were dispatched to the location. They searched the waters around the tanker. A navy team boarded the tanker. On confirmation from the team that the tanker was clear of pirates, the Master and crew emerged from the citadel.
On investigating, the ship’s office port hole was damaged due to a gunshot and other ship’s property found damaged
15.02.2018: 1850 UTC:
Posn: 03:42.59N – 007:05.59E, around 40nm SSW of Bonny, Nigeria.
Four pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a container ship underway. The Master increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres. Due to the presence of a Nigerian naval escort boat the pirates aborted and moved away. Crew and ship reported safe.
For the latest reports go to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center