This is a suspicious incident and will not be included in the IMB statistics
02.03.2017: 1640 UTC:
Posn: 04:28.1N - 002:30.6E: 127nm SW Off Lagos, Nigeria.
Crew onboard a general cargo vessel underway noticed a suspicious boat doing 9 knots at a distance of 0.9nm astern. The vessel increased speed and made large course alterations and the boat appeared to follow. As the vessel was slightly faster, after nearly two hours, the distance increased and the boat aborted and moved away.
The vessel continued passage.
01.03.2017: 0650 UTC:
Posn: 10:16.9N - 064:42.8W, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
Three robbers boarded an anchored product tanker. Alert crew noticed the robbers. Alarm raise and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped without stealing anything.
05.02.2017: 1025 UTC:
Posn: 04:00.5N – 005:29.3E, Around 31nm SW of Bayelsa Coast, Nigeria.
Armed pirates attacked and boarded a general cargo ship underway, kidnapped eight crew members and escaped. One crew came out from hiding and raised the SSAS.
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received information from the Netherlands Coast Guard and contacted the ship, Owners and liaised with the Nigerian Navy for assistance. Later, two more crew members came out of hiding and steered the ship further away from the coast, before heading towards a safe port.
07.02.2017: 1904 UTC:
Posn: 03:22.0N - 007:13.5E, Around 60nm South of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Armed pirates boarded a LPG tanker underway. Alarm raised and most crew members managed to retreat into the citadel. The Owners notified the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, who in turn informed and liaised with the Nigerian Navy and all other relevant parties.
A naval vessel was dispatched to assist the tanker. The naval boarding team reported the tanker to be free of pirates before the crew emerged from the citadel.
Three crew members were reported missing and believed to be kidnapped. The naval vessel escorted the tanker to Bonny anchorage for investigation.
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