Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

Armed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.

In the first incident, which occurred in the morning hours some 50 nautical miles off Bonny Island, some eight armed pirates in a speed boat chased a container vessel underway.

IMB informed that the alarm was raised, ship security alert system (SSAS) was activated, and the speed was increased, while all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. The Nigerian navy was also contacted, who informed the Master to rendezvous with their naval vessel in the vicinity. As the pirate boat closed the Master commenced evasive manoeuvres.

Due to the hardening the pirates were unable to hook their ladder onto the vessel and moved away. Nigerian navy escorted the vessel to the pilot boarding point.

The second incident occurred in the afternoon hours, while a refrigerated cargo ship was underway some 40 nautical miles off Bonny fairway buoy.

Around ten pirates in a speed boat, armed with automatic weapons, chased and fired upon the vessel. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away.

IBM reported that all crew were safe, while the vessel sustained minor damage due to the firing.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Feb 2020 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 1

Eastern Mediterranean Offshore Conference and Exhibition (EMC) 2020

EMC 2020 conference will arm delegates with technical and commercial knowledge to capitalise…

read more >

2nd GREENTECH IN SHIPPING GLOBAL FORUM

Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

Belgian Offshore Days 2020

During this event, a conference will be held with focus on “Increasing value by data driven innovation…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >