Posted on March 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to rob a vessel anchored at a Safe Anchorage Area in Lagos, Nigeria.
Date: 25th of March
Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria
Position: 6°20'26.7"N 3°14'37.2"E
Two pirates boarded a tanker anchored at the Safe Anchorage Area off Lagos during the early morning hours of Monday the 25th of March. They managed to rig a hose to the tanker's fuel tanks and were planning to syphon the ship's fuel stores when they were noticed by the Officer on Watch.
Reportedly, OOW notified the private security forces in the area who rushed to the scene, arriving 15 minutes later. The armed patrol boat, NNS Bini managed to apprehend and capture a skiff and 4 robbers.
They were taken to a local military base in Lagos and were handed over to the Nigerian Naval Command.
Vessel and crew are considered safe.
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