Posted on March 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a third vessel transiting south of Brass Terminal, Nigeria, kidnapping 5 seafarers in the process.
Date: 9th of March
Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria
Position: 03:57.2N – 006:39.0E
An offshore supply vessel, DSV E. Francis, was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at 11:15 UTC, in the morning of March 9th, approximately 32 nautical miles southeast of Brass Terminal, Nigeria. This is the 3rd attack to happen within the space of 24 hours in the region surrounding the Brass Oil Terminal.
Pirates carrying machine guns approached the supply vessel in two speed boats. The crew noticed the approach and the Captain proceeded to immediately notify the naval security boat that had been escorting them, which manoeuvred to engage the pirates.
One of the speedboats closed in from the port side, and crossed the bow, while the other speed boat exchanged fire with the escort vessel.
The alarm was raised and all crew proceeded to the engine room, while all power was shut down. The Pirates proceeded to board the vessel using an elongated ladder.
They broke into the accommodation area and tore apart the cabins, taking with them crew belongings and vessel's properties.
The pirates then moved to the engine room, kidnapped 5 men and proceeded to escape.
The remaining crew managed to navigate under escort to a safe anchorage.
Reportedly, one Nigerian Navy armed guard was killed during the exchange between the naval security vessel and the pirates.
Local authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.
Reportedly, the Nigerian Navy has gone into lockdown due to the investigation, making it hard for companies to gain resources from the Navy at this time.
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