Posted on January 03, 2020 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  27th of December to the 3rd of January.Weekly Maritime Piracy Report - January 3rd 2019

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 28th of December

Location: Sao Tome & Principe, Gulf of Guinea

Position:01°19’N, 006°02’E

 

The BW LNG Vessel, LNG LOKOJA was attacked by pirates during the morning hours of December the 28th while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The incident occurred at approximately 0945 hours, some 70 nautical miles off the coast of Sao Tome. Thankfully, the tanker engaged in defensive maneuvering and the pirates disengaged their attack. Following the attack, the vessel was approached by the Nigerian patrol boat, DEFENDER 6 who escorted it towards Bonny.

Vessel and crew are considered safe. 

 

2nd Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 30th of December

Location: Sao Tome & Principe, Gulf of Guinea

Position: 01°56 30N 004°53 37E

 

A Bulk Carrier was attacked by pirates during the early morning hours of December the 30th while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack occurred at approximately 0050 hours, some 143 nautical miles northwest of Sao Tome & Principe. According to initial reports, the bulk carrier is thought to be the Vietnam-flagged VINALINES MIGHTY. Reportedly, the vessel was boarded by 3 pirates while transiting from Douala and Greenville.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

3rd Incident

 

Category: Kidnapping

Date: 30th of December

Location: Cameroon, Gulf of Guinea

Position: 03°58’N – 009°05’E

 

The Greek-flagged Product Tanker, HAPPY LADY was attacked by pirates during the late evening hours of December the 30th while anchored off the coast of Cameroon. The incident occurred at approximately 2315 hours, while the vessel was anchored 2 miles off Limboh Terminal, Cameroon.

According to reports,  a group of six, heavily armed gunmen boarded the vessel and abducted 8 seafarers before escaping. Apparently, a Greek seafarer was also injured during the attack, as he took a stray bullet fired from the pirates. He was later on taken to a local hospital.

The 8 kidnapped seafarers include 6 Greek nationals. Namely, the 45-year-old Master of the vessel, the 26-year-old 2nd Officer, the 38-year-old 2nd Engineer and two sea cadets aged 20 and 21 years respectively. Furthermore, two Philippino and one Ukrainian national were also kidnapped during the incident. 

 

 

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