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NIGERIA: Navy arrests pirates after attack on bulk carrier

Fecha de la noticias: 14/11/2017 • Publicada: 14/11/2017 

Background

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre has reported another attack by armed pirates in Nigerian waters.

The incident happened on Sunday (November 11) some 17 nautical miles (nm) southwest of Bonny Island.

According to a post on the IMB’s website, pirates boarded a bulk carrier and entered the bridge, firing their weapons and damaging the windows.

They stole personal belongings and ship’s equipment before kidnapping ten crew members and escaping in their boat.

Two Nigerian navy vessels, however, intercepted the pirates.

Navy teams were able to rescue the crew. Five pirates were arrested.

Assessment and Analysis

The attack comes less than three weeks after reports that armed pirates had boarded a crude oil tanker off the Nigerian coast.

In that attack too prompt action by the Nigerian navy prevented the situation escalating .

Waters in and off Nigeria, however, remain risky.

The latest quarterly pirate report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says there were 20 confirmed attacks against ships in waters off Nigeria in the first nine months of 2017.

Of those attacks, 16 occurred off the coast of Brass, Bonny and Bayelsa. At least 39 seamen are known to have been kidnapped.

The number of attacks in and around Nigerian waters is probably even higher as many attacks go unreported.

Attackers are often well armed and violent.

Crews are advised to be vigilant and to take extra security precautions.

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