Posted on February 19, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
Pirates successfully boarded a product tanker in Benin, but aborted the hijacking after military officials arrived at the scene.
The Duty Officer on Watch saw three armed men onboard the vessel on the 17th February and immediately raised the alarm. The ship was anchored in Cotonou Anchorage at the time of the attack.
Once the ship security alert system activated, the crew moved to the citadel for safety.
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received the incident information from the CSO and informed the Benin Authorities.
Three military patrol vessels were deployed to the incident. Having searched the waters they then boarded the tanker to begin a thorough investigation. They report that the pirates has already left the scene.
On confirmation from the officials that the tanker was clear of pirates, the Master and crew returned to the deck.
No seafarers were injured during the boarding. An inspection of the vessel revealed the ship’s office port hole was damaged by gunfire and the ship’s property was damaged.
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