Posted on January 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
New information has come to light, in regard to the three pirate attacks that occurred within the space of 24 hours off the coast of Nigeria.
The string of attacks started in the evening of January the 24th. The next 24 hours saw the pirates targeting a series of ships transiting through the area south of the Brass oil terminal in Nigeria.
The first attack occurred at 19:33 GMT, some 35.9 nautical miles south of the Brass oil terminal.
The Liberia-flagged product tanker, Levanto, was en route from Lagos to Calabar when it was fired upon by pirates.
The vessel deviated from its course, and managed to increase speed, thus avoiding the pirates.
A few hours later, at about 01:15 GMT, another vessel was attacked in the same region, approximately 35 nautical miles south of the Brass oil terminal.
The Liberia-flagged bulk carrier, Allegra, was transiting from Lagos to Onne when it was attacked by pirates.
The vessel was approached by a single skiff with at least 5 armed POB who proceeded to fire at the bridge.
The Nigerian armed security team aboard the vessel returned fire, forcing the pirates to retreat.
However, the vessel sustained some damage during the pirate attack.
The third incident occurred on Friday afternoon, at approximately 15:35 GMT, some 80 nautical miles south of the Brass oil terminal.
The Liberia-flagged Suezmax class crude oil tanker, Samurai, was underway from Brisbane to Agbami at the time of the attack.
2 skiffs approached the merchant vessel, each with 7-8 POB, who proceeded to try and board the ship.
The vessel increased its speed, and the two pirate skiffs turned away.