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GULF OF GUINEA: Two ships boarded while underway, one seafarer abducted
Fecha de la noticias: 09/03/2020 • Publicada: 09/03/2020
09/03/2020 Posn 5.16
There have been two attacks on ships in the Gulf of Guinea. The attacks took
place some six hours apart, in daylight, on March 5.
The first attack targeted the 50,922-deadweight tonne (dwt) product tanker
Six armed intruders boarded the tanker shortly after mid-day while it was
underway 45 nautical miles (nm) SSW of Cotonou, Benin.
Despite efforts by the tanker’s crew to retreat to the citadel, one
crewmember was abducted.
The second incident involved the 28,287-dwt general cargo ship HUANGHAI
It came under attack at 18.30 hours local time, some 85 nm south of Lagos.
Details are scanty but it appears the vessel was boarded and the crew were
able to crew secure themselves in the citadel.
The ship arrived safely in Lagos on March 7, escorted by Nigerian naval
Kidnapping for ransom remains a serious maritime threat in the region.
There were at least six attacks on ships in the Gulf of Guinea in January
and February 2020.
That followed a year in which the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)
reported an ‘unprecedented rise’ in crew kidnappings, with more than 120
Attacks have taken place as far as 170 nautical miles (nm) from the coast
and assailants have often been armed and ready to use lethal violence.
Crews should exercise extreme caution throughout the Gulf of Guinea.
They should avoid slow steaming and watch for the approach of small vessels,
especially at night.
Evasive action and the use of citadels have proved effective in frustrating
All vessels trading off Nigeria and in the wider
Gulf of Guinea should adopt robust vessel hardening measures.
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