Posted on March 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report -  9th to 15th of MarchWeekly Security Piracy Report - March 15th

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 8th of March

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 03°14N / 006°27E

 

A merchant vessel was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at approximately 15:02 pm local time, in the afternoon of March 8th, some 20 nautical miles south of Brass Terminal, Nigeria. 

2 Skiffs with 4 POB approached a tanker. One of the two skiffs approached to within 2 cables length. The merchant vessel proceeded to carry out evasive maneuvres and the skiffs moved away.

Vessel and crew are considered safe.

 

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2nd Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 9th of March

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 03°50’N 006°30’E

 

A merchant vessel was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at 15:50 pm local time, in the afternoon of March 9th, approximately 20 nautical miles south of Brass Terminal, Nigeria. This is the 2nd attack to happen within the space of 24 hours in the region surrounding Brass terminal.

2 Skiffs approached and attacked a tanker. Vessel and crew have been escorted to Bonny Anchorage and are now considered safe. 

 

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3rd Incident

 

Category: Attack/Kidnapping

Date: 9th of March

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 03:57.2N – 006:39.0E

 

An offshore supply vessel, DSV E. Francis, was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at 11:15 UTC, in the morning of March 9th, approximately 32 nautical miles southeast of Brass Terminal, Nigeria. This is the 3rd attack to happen within the space of 24 hours in the region surrounding the Brass Oil Terminal.

Pirates carrying machine guns approached the supply vessel in two speed boats. The crew noticed the approach and the Captain proceeded to immediately notify the naval security boat that had been escorting them, which manoeuvred to engage the pirates. 

One of the speedboats closed in from the port side, and crossed the bow, while the other speed boat exchanged fire with the escort vessel. 

The alarm was raised and all crew proceeded to the engine room, while all power was shut down. The Pirates proceeded to board the vessel using an elongated ladder. 

They broke into the accommodation area and tore apart the cabins, taking with them crew belongings and vessel's properties. 

The pirates then moved to the engine room, kidnapped 5 men and proceeded to escape.

The remaining crew managed to navigate under escort to a safe anchorage.

Reportedly, one Nigerian Navy armed guard was killed during the exchange between the naval security vessel and the pirates. 

Local authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.

Reportedly, the Nigerian Navy has gone into lockdown due to the investigation, making it hard for companies to gain resources from the Navy at this time. 

 

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4th Incident

 

Category: Robbery

Date: 10th of March

Location: Macapa Anchorage, Brazil

Position: 00:03.5N – 050:57.8W,

 

A vessel was boarded by pirates while anchored at Macapa Anchorage, Brazil. The attempted robbery took place at approximately 04:30 UTC, during the early morning hours of March the 10th. 

Two pirates, armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier by using a rope and hook. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the two pirates and proceeded to inform the Officer on Watch, who immediately raised the alarm. A PA announcement was made and the crew mustered. 

Noticing that the crew had been alerted, the pirates proceeded to escape without stealing anything.

Local authorities have been notified of the incident. No confrontation with the crew occurred. Crew & vessel are safe. 

 

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