Posted on January 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report - January 19th to the 25th


1st Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 17th of January

Location: Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela

Position: 10:11.7N - 064:47.3W


Pirates boarded a tanker anchored at the Puerto Jose Anchorage in Venezuela, at approximately 03:40 UTC on January the 17th. They managed to raid the ship's stores before escaping. The boarding and subsequent robbery went initially unnoticed. Duty crew onboard the vessel noticed the theft during routine rounds. 

Port control was promptly informed of the accident. 




2nd Incident


Category: Attack

Date: 24th of January

Location: Nigeria

Position: 03°42’01”N 006°10’30”E


A merchant vessel was attacked by an unknown skiff as she was sailing off the Nigerian coast. The attack took place at approximately 19:33 GMT in the evening of January the 24th, some 35.9 nautical miles south of Brass Terminal, Nigeria.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in the area. 




3rd Incident


Category: Attack

Date: 25th of January

Location: Nigeria

Position: 03°40’48”N 006°19’00”E


A 2nd attack occurred near Brass Terminal, Nigeria, four hours after the previous incident took place. A merchant vessel was attacked by an unknown skiff, at approximately 01:15 GMT, on the 25th of January, some 35 nautical miles south of Brass Terminal.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting through this area. 




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