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
Type: Fishing Vessel
L x B: TBC
Security Present: None
Damage to Cargo: None
Damage to Vessel: None
Weather: Light Breeze / 0mm precipitation
Wave Height: 1.6m
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.