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Illegal boarding of vessels at berth and at anchor

Fecha de la noticias: 10/07/2018 • Publicada: 10/07/2018 

Background

The first half of 2018 saw a sharp rise in the number of vessels being boarded by intruders whilst in Lagos port or anchorage

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre detailed 14 cases from January to mid-July, up from just six cases in the whole of 2017.

Assessment and Analysis

Illegal boarding of vessels in Nigerian ports and anchorages generally takes place at night.

Intruders appear intent on petty theft, targeting ship’s stores and any items that come easily to hand.

They generally clamber aboard using ropes or the vessels’ anchor chains.

The intruders generally flee if confronted or when an alarm is raised and there are few reports of violence – although some incidents have involved crew members being tied up while a  robbery is taking place.

The extent of the problem is believed to be more widespread than the IMB statistics suggest as many incidents, particularly if nothing is stolen, are thought to go unreported.

Vessels visiting Lagos and other Nigerian ports should take precautions against illegal boarding.

Crew members should maintain a good visual and radar watch for small craft, especially at night.

When possible, ships at anchor or at berth should illuminate their sides. Ladders and ropes should be secured and stowed away.

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