INCREASED THREAT TO SHIPPING
Event: Report of increased threat to shipping
Date: 9 July 2021
Description: ARC has received a report that a pirate group is active in waters around Sao Tome and Principe. Vessels sailing through the following areas should increase vigilance:
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Southern Nigerian EEZ
- Nigeria/Sao-Tome Joint Development Zone
- Equatorial Guinea
ARC Comment: This warning follows a suspicious approach on an offshore vessel in Equatorial Guinea waters on 6 July. Pirates have previously operated in this area, notably in February
when pirates hijacked a fishing vessel and used it as a mothership, carried out attacks on other larger merchant vessels in the area.
ARC will update if/when further information received.