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Blog | | by E. Eckert

12.03.2019 - IMB Report - General Warning

Ref: IMB/PRC/Alert - 043-2019

120645 UTC MAR 2019

TO: ALL SHIPS TRANSITING IN/OFF NIGERIA /  GULF OF GUINEA

GENERAL WARNING

AN INCREASED NUMBER OF KIDNAPPINGS, PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY INCIDENTS WERE REPORTED IN THESE WATERS. WITHIN 10 WEEKS, A TOTAL OF 12 INCIDENTS WERE RECORDED FOR IN/OFF NIGERIA / GULF OF GUINEA. SOME ATTACKS MAY HAVE GONE UNREPORTED.

RECENTLY ON 09.03.2019 IN POSN: 03:57.2N - 006:39.0E, AROUND 32NM SE OF BRASS, NIGERIA. PIRATES ARMED WITH MACHINE GUNS IN TWO SPEED BOATS ATTACKED AN OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSEL WHILE UNDER ESCORT. FIVE PERSONS WERE REPORTED KIDNAPPED FROM THE VESSEL.

VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO MAINTAIN A VIGILANT ANTI-PIRACY WATCH AND MEASURES.

DO NOT DRIFT OR BUNKER AT SEA UNPROTECTED IN THESE WATERS ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO COAST.  SHIPS ARE ADVISED TO STAY AT LEAST 200 NM FROM COAST PREFERABLY 250NM FROM COAST.

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

REPORT ALL ATTACKS AND SUSPICIOUS SIGHTINGS 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: IMBnullKL@ICC-CCS.ORG  / PIRnullACY@ICC-CCS.ORG

 

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