Posted on December 23, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report – December 15th  to December the 21st.

1st Incident

Category: Attack

Date: 15th of December

Location: Bight of Bonny, Nigeria

Position: 03°56N - 004°53.39E 


 A merchant Vessel was attacked while traversing through the Gulf of Guinea at approximately 15:00 UTC on December the 15th.

Vessel and crew are considered safe.  



2nd Incident


Category: Kidnapping

Date: 6th of December

Location: Malaysia

Position: 5°24’35 N - 119°1’26 E


Owner of Malaysian-flagged fishing vessel lodged a report with local authorities on the 6th of December.

All communication was lost with skipper of fishing vessel, on the 5th of December, in the vicinity of Pegasus Reef, near Tambisan Island.

The fishing Vessel was crewed by four people and was expected to return on Sandakan Jetty on the 9th of December.

The vessel was found unmanned, with the engines still running by another FV in the vicinity of Kuala Meruap, Sabah, near Tambisan Island.


Vessel was towed by Malaysian authorities to Sandakan Marine Jetty.

Investigation is ongoing.



3rd Incident


Category: Attack/Boarding/Theft

Date: 4th of December

Location: Nigeria

Position:  3°8'0 N - 6°20'0 E


Nine pirates in a speedboat chased and successfully boarded, a Venuatu-flagged offshore service vessel at approximately 18:00 UTC, 71 nautical miles south of Brass Nigeria.


All of the crew managed to muster in the Citadel while the Nigerian Navy sent a patrol vessel to intercept the pirates. As soon as the navy vessel arrived, it opened fire on the pirates, who managed to escape with the stolen personal belongings of the crew.


Vessel and crew are reported safe as of Dec 5 00:45 UTC and have proceeded to the Brass Oil Terminal.



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