INCIDENT OVER – ONGOING THREAT TO VESSELS IN AREA
Event: Suspicious Approach
Date and Time: 10 November 2021, 0606hrs local
Location: 200nm S of Takoradi, International Waters
Position: 01°30’N, 001°32’W
Distance from Shore: Approx. 200nm from Takoradi
Type: Oil/Chemical Tanker
L x B: 183.2m x 32.2m
Speed: N/A – drifting
Security Present: None
Damage to Cargo: None
Damage to Vessel: None
Weather: Gentle Breeze / 1.2mm precipitation
Wave Height: 1.7m
Number of Perpetrators: Not reported
Number of Craft: 2 skiffs
Weapons Seen: Not reported
Equipment Seen: Not report
Description: A tanker reported being approached by 2 skiffs who came within 200m of the vessel. Based on AIS reports, tanker was drifting when it was approached, but then turned south
and sailed away.
ARC Comment: The area on the southern edge of the Ghanaian EEZ has seen a number of reports of suspicious activity over the last month. None have yet been confirmed as pirates, however all vessels in the area should exercise vigilance.
It is assessed that Nigeria-based pirates are capable of operating at this distance offshore.