Maritime Security Alert – Second alert for Gulf of Guinea: 13 February 2012
A second maritime security alert has been issued for the Gulf of Guinea after a drifting bulk carrier was chased and fired upon by pirates 110NM off Lagos, Nigeria on 13 February.
According to reports the vessel avoided hijack, but two crew members who remained on the bridge as others mustered in a citadel were shot and killed in the attack in position 04:43N – 003:44E. A rescue team has been sent to the vessel, and further reports are awaited.
As previously stated by AKE, attacks up to, and possibly over 100NM from the West African coast line should be expected over the coming weeks.
Operators in the vicinity of the attack are advised to exercise extreme caution, as any naval response is likely to be delayed due to the significant distance from the coast.
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Maritime Security Alert – Vessel fired on in Gulf of Guinea: 13 February 2012
A maritime security alert has been issued for the Gulf of Guinea after a cargo vessel was reportedly chased and fired upon by two vessels around 74NM south of Lagos, Nigeria on 11 February.
The cargo vessel sustained fire for 25 minutes at position 05:11.5N 003:27.1E before the attack was aborted at 1913 local time. The crew are reportedly safe, despite gunshot damages to the vessel.
The attack follows days after a product tanker was hijacked approximately 82NM south of Cotonou; those in the area are reminded that attacks up to, and possibly over, 100NM from the coast should be expected over the coming weeks.
General crew alertness, combined with vessel hardening, evasive manoeuvres, and the availability of a properly secured citadel will significantly reduce the chances of a successful attack.