Posted on April 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded in Bonny River's Inner Anchorage

Category: Boarding/Aggravated Robbery

Date: 15th of April

Location: Bonny River Inner Anchorage, Nigeria

Position: 04:28.1N – 007:10.1E


Four individuals in a speed boat armed with automatic weapons approached a product tanker anchored at Bonny River's Inner Anchorage. The attack took place at approximately 20:20 UTC, on the evening of April the 15th. Two people from the boat managed to board the tanker and started firing towards the accommodation area.

However, the Nigerian Naval guards onboard the vessel returned fire, which forced the assailants to retreat into their boat and escape.

The alarm was raised and a PA announcement was made which led to the crew mustering in the citadel. Bonny Signal Station and the Nigerian Navy were promptly notified of the incident.

Unfortunately, one guard was injured during the shooting and was given first aid by the crew. 

Security boats operating nearby responded to the vessel's call and approached the tanker. The guard was transferred onto a security boat and was taken ashore for immediate medical treatment. The remaining crew & vessel are considered safe. 



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Posted in Piracy , Security , Nigeria , Gulf of Guinea , Africa , Boarding

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