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18.02.2018 - IMB Report - UNAUTHORISED PERSONS ONBOARD / Guinea Waters

Ref: IMB/PRC/Alert – 036/2018

180445 UTC FEB 2018

TO: ALL SHIPS TRANSITING IN / OFF COTONOU, BENIN / GULF OF GUINEA WATERS

WARNING                           WARNING                           WARNING

ON 17.02.2018 : 2251 UTC: POSN: 06:17.89N - 002:30.34E, COTONOU ANCHORAGE, BENIN.

THE IMB PRC RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM THE OWNERS OF AN ANCHORED PRODUCT TANKER THAT UNAUTHORISED PERSONS WERE SEEN ONBOARD. THE MASTER IMMEDIATELY SENT SSAS ALERT AND ALL CREW TOOK SHELTER IN THE CITADEL. THE IMB PRC INFORMED THE BENIN NAVY MARITIME OPS CENTRE AND THEY SENT THREE PATROL BOATS TO THE LOCATION IMMEDIATELY. THE NAVY PERSONNEL BOARDED THE TANKER, MADE A SEARCH AND FOUND NO UNAUTHORISED PERSONS ONBOARD. THE MASTER AND CREW ARE SAFE AND THEY EMERGED FROM THE CITADEL UNDER THE SUPERVISON OF THE NAVY. THE INCIDENT ARE BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE NAVY.

VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN VIGILANT AND MAINTAIN STRICT ANTI PIRACY WATCH AND MEASURES.

EARLY ASSESSMENT / DETECTION WILL ALLOW SHIPS TO TAKE EVASIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT BOARDING AND REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.

ALL ATTACKS AND SUSPICIOUS SIGHTINGS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND TO THE IMB PRC AS PER IMO CIR 1334.

IMB PIRACY REPORTING CENTRE

24 HOURS ANTI-PIRACY HELPLINE +603 2031 0014 FAX: +603 2078 5769

EMAIL: IMBKL@ICC-CCS.ORG  / PIRACY@ICC-CCS.ORGNNNN

 

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