Posted on May 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report -  4th to the 10th of May

Weekly Piracy Security Report - May 10th - Maritime Piracy

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Attack/Attempted Boarding

Date: 3rd of May

Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea

Position:  ‎02 54.50N 005 24.40E

 

The Liberian-flagged Oil Product Tanker, LEVANTO was attacked in the evening of the May the 3rd as she was transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The vessel was attacked at approximately 20:50 UTC, some 97 nautical miles southwest of the Brass Oil Terminal. LEVANTO was approached by a single speedboat with armed persons onboard who proceeded to fire on the vessel during the boarding attempt.

The Master of the vessel proceeded to perform evasive manoeuvres and the attackers eventually aborted their boarding attempt. Crew & vessel are considered safe.

 

2nd Incident

 

Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 3rd of May

Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria

Position:  06:16.07N – 003:13.11E

 

A tanker anchored at a Secure Anchorage Area in Lagos, Nigeria was boarded in the early morning hours of May the 3rd. At approximately 00:10 UTC, the duty crew onboard the tanker noticed two individuals near the cargo tank carrying a hose. The crew proceeded to raise the alarm and a PA announcement was made. Noticing that the crew had been alerted to their presence, the two would-be robbers escaped in their boat with their hose. 

A patrol boat was informed, which upon arriving at the scene, proceeded to search the area. Nothing was reported as stolen, vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

3rd Incident

 

Category: Attack/Attempted Boarding

Date: 3rd of May

Location: Cabo Pasado, Ecuador

Position:  00:08.0S - 081:19.9W

 

A bulk carrier was attacked in the evening of May the 3rd, as it was transiting off the coast of Ecuador. The attack occurred at approximately 20:10 UTC, some 52 nautical miles northwest of Cabo Pasado, Ecuador. Two speedboats, each with five POB, approached the bulk carrier. The Master proceeded to raise the alarm and the crew mustered at their stations. The vessel then increased speed and commenced evasive maneuvres, while fire hoses sprayed the boats with water.

As a result, the two speedboats ended up aborting their attack. Crew & vessel are considered safe. 

 

4th Incident

 

Category: Hijacking

Date: 5th of May

Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea

Position:  ‎03 04N – 007 59E


A tug was attacked by pirates in the afternoon of May the 5th while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. Reportedly, the vessel was successfully hijacked and then used to attack a merchant vessel transiting through the GoG.

At approximately 08:38 UTC on May the 6th, the vessel was reported as being safely escorted by military assets. Vessel and crew are now safe. 

 

5th Incident

 

Category: Attack/Boarding/Hijacking

Date: 5th of May

Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea

Position:  ‎03°03’N 007°52’E


The Maltese-flagged Heavy Lift Carrier, BLUE MARLIN, was attacked in the afternoon of May the 5th while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place sometime after 12:00 pm, some 90 nautical miles southwest of the Brass Oil Terminal. Allegedly, pirates had hijacked a tug transiting through the GoG and used it to attack the HLC.

7 pirates, attacked and boarded the vessel, at which point the Master activated the SSAS, and called for all personnel to muster at the Citadel. Following the alarm, all 20 seafarers onboard the vessel proceeded to muster in the citadel. The pirates then demanded via PA for the seafarers to give up their valuables. They then proceeded to fire through a small hole into the citadel but failed to injure anyone. 

At the same time, naval authorities in the area picked up the ship's distress signal and ordered the NATO Patrol Vessel SERVIOLA P-71, which had been deployed in the Gulf of Guinea as part of an international Navy Security mission, to free the hijacked vessel.

A Spec Ops team belonging to the Serviola managed to free the vessel in the morning of May the 6th. They successfully apprehended the 7 individuals that had attacked the HLC. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe and are being escorted back to port. 

 

 

ARX Maritime provide commercial risk management for vessels trading in high-risk areas, making sure that vessels adopt and implement the best risk management practices.

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For more information contact the ARX team on +44 1313170048 or at enquiries@arxmaritime.com

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