Posted on March 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report - February 23rd to March 1st

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Suspicious Approach

Date: 24th of February

Location: Gulf of Aden

Position: 1216N 04403E

 

A merchant vessel transiting through the Gulf of Aden encountered a suspicious approach in the morning of February the 24th. At approximately 07:15 UTC, two skiffs approached the merchant vessel and closed to within 1 cable distance. No further information is known at this time. 

 

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2nd Incident

 

Category: Suspicious Approach

Date: 26th of February

Location: Gulf of Aden

Position: 1256N 04817E

 

A yacht transiting through the Gulf of Aden encountered a suspicious approach in the morning of February the 26th. At approximately 08:30 UTC, a skiff approached the yacht and closed to within 1 cable distance. A ladder was sighted on the skiff. 

 

No further information is known at this time. 

 

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3rd Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 21st of February

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 02:59.5N – 005:56.6E

 

Supply vessel, IPL Rabiat was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at approximately 00:16 UTC on the 21st of February, some 80 nautical miles southeast Bayelsa, Nigeria. Around four to six armed pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a container vessel transiting through the area. The alarm was raised and all non-essential crew proceeded to muster in the citadel. Thankfully, due to the evasive manoeuvres, they avoided being boarded.

Nigerian Navy was notified of the incident. Vessel and crew are considered safe. 

 

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4th Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 27th of February

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 03°18’,4N 006°13,5’E

 

A merchant vessel was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at approximately 09:05 on the 27th of February, some 95 nautical miles from Bonny, Nigeria. Attack is complete. Vessel and crew are considered safe. 

 

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5th Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 28th of February

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 03°54’ N 007°04’ E 

 

A merchant vessel was attacked by pirates while transiting near Bonny Island, Nigeria. The attack took place at approximately 08:25 in the morning of February the 28th, some 50 nautical miles from Bonny, Nigeria. Attack is complete. Vessel and crew are considered safe. 

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