Posted on March 05, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel transiting south of Brass Terminal, Nigeria.
Date: 27th of February
Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria
Position: 03:08N – 006:03E
A product tanker was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at approximately 20:00 UTC, in the evening of February the 27th, some 70 nautical miles south of Lagos, Nigeria.
Duty officer noticed on radar two targets at a distance of 4 nautical miles, closing in on the vessel. At approximately 2 nm distance, the skiffs were seen to cross the stern, increase speed and approach the vessel. As the two skiffs closed in on the tanker, they proceeded to fire on the vessel.
The onboard Nigerian armed security team returned fire on the pirates, at which point they retreated. The pirates proceeded to follow the tanker for a short duration before moving away. Vessel and crew are considered safe.
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