Posted on June 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was fired upon while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.
Date: 3rd of May
Location: Brass Oil Terminal, Nigeria
Position: 02:58.25N – 005:16.12E
A tanker was attacked in the evening of May the 3rd while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place some 98 nautical miles southwest of Nigeria's Brass Oil Terminal.
A group of armed pirates in a speedboat chased and started firing upon the tanker. An alarm was raised, and the vessel proceeded to increase its speed while performing evasive manoeuvres. All non-essential crew proceeded to muster in the ship's citadel.
The attackers proceeded to abort their attack. The Nigerian Navy was then notified of the attack. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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