Robbers Attempt to Board PIL Boxship in Gulf of Guinea

BOXSHIPIllustration. Image Courtesy: PIL

Perpetrators tried to board a containership owned by Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL) while the vessel was sailing on the high sea in the Gulf of Guinea on February 21, 2019.

More than four men armed with guns onboard an unlit fast boat attempted to board the 3,889 TEU Kota Satria, piracy watchdog ReCAAP ISC informed.

Two of the perpetrators attempted to hook a ladder to ship’s hull. However, they were not successful and slowed down the pursuit.

The perpetrators then fired two gunshots toward the ship’s bridge and subsequently to the ship’s accommodation.

Kota Satria’s master-initiated security procedure and contacted company security officer as well as the company’s armed escort vessel and the Nigerian Navy and carried out evasive maneuver. Consequently, the fast boat aborted the pursuit.

There were no injuries to the ship’s crew and no damage to the vessel reported. In addition, no items were stolen, according to ReCAAP.

Following the incident, the Post-Panamax boxship met an armed escort ship and proceeded to the Port of Onne in Nigeria.

The ReCAAP ISC has urged shipmasters and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal state and flag state, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures.

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