Re: Attack / Nigeria 01-111117 – UPDATE 2



Event: Attack and Attempted Kidnap (Level I Incident)


Date and Time: 11 November 2017 0822UTC


Location: 4.5nm South of Bonny Fairway Buoy, Nigeria


Position: 04°07’10”N, 006°59’57”E


Vessel Details

                Type: Bulk Carrier

                LOA: 179m

                Beam: 28m

                Draught: 9.79m

                Freeboard: 4.24m


Description: A report has been received that a merchant ship has been attacked 4.5nm South of the Bonny Fairway Buoy.


Update: A bulk carrier was attacked whilst sailing at 14kts. A security escort vessel was nearby. Vessel’s status still not confirmed.  


Update 2: The 7 pirates boarded the vessel and gained access to the accommodation structure through a porthole. They abducted 10 crew members.


Two crew members were wounded (one head wound, one bullet wound on leg). The pirates left the vessel via the speedboat with a security vessel in pursuit.


After one outboard engine on the pirates’ vessel failed, the security vessel reached their position and engaged fire. A wave caused the speedboat to capsize. The pirates and crew members were rescued by the
security vessel, and were then transferred to the Nigerian Navy.



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