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Supply vessels attacked off Nigeria

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Maritime Security Alert (9 May 2012)       

A maritime security alert has been issued for the Gulf of Guinea after two supply vessels were attacked off Nigeria within 24 hours of each other.

On 7 May a supply vessel carrying 17 crew was hijacked in position 04:26.19N – 004:58.44E approximately 40NM from the coast and held for around 11 hours before being released without harm.

On 8 May six armed pirates launched a skiff from a fishing trawler, and boarded a supply vessel towing a barge in position 03:53.5N – 005:35.9; approximately 20NM south of Pennington oil terminal, and 45NM south east of 7 May’s attack. The crew mustered in the citadel for 1.5 hours, before emerging to find possessions stolen and minor damage to the vessel.

The two attacks demonstrate the increasing threat to supply vessels off West Africa; 8 May’s attack in particular confirms previous AKE warnings of the increased use of motherships off Nigeria.

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