Suspicious Approach / Sao Tome & Principe 02-291021





INCIDENT ONGOING – ONGOING THREAT TO VESSELS IN AREA

 

Event: Suspicious Approach

 

Date and Time: 29 October 2021, 1040hrs local

Location: 21nm NE of Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe EEZ

Position: 00°16’S, 007°06’E

Distance from Shore: Approx. 275nm from Niger Delta coast

 

Vessel Details

Type: Fishing Vessel

L x B: TBC

Speed: TBC

 

Event Details

Kidnapped: 0

Injured: 0

Killed: 0

Security Present: None

Damage to Cargo: None

Damage to Vessel: None

Weather: Light Breeze / 0mm precipitation

Wave Height: 1.6m

 

Threat Details

Number of Perpetrators: Not reported

Number of Craft: 2 speed boats

Weapons Seen: Not reported

Equipment Seen: Not report

 

Description: A fishing vessel reported a suspicious approach SW of Sao Tome island, in Sao Tome and Principe EEZ. Accoridng to the report, one of the speedboats had 2 persons onboard.
As the fishing vessel moved away from the area, the speedboats pursued it for a short while before moving away.

 

ARC Comment: There have been reports of other suspicious approaches in this area over the last year, most of which are attributed to local fishermen protecting their fishing grounds.
However, due to recent confirmed pirate activities which have occurred far from the Niger Delta coast, it is recommended that vessels err on the side of caution and remain vigilant when transiting through the area and on route to ports in Gabon.

 

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