INCIDENT OVER – ONGOING THREAT TO VESSELS
Event: Fired On
Date and Time: 8 February 2021, 1700hrs local
Location: 50nm SW of Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe EEZ
Position: 00°43.1’S, 006°08.7’E
Distance from Shore: Approx. 300nm from Niger Delta coast
Type: Gas Tanker
L x B: 284.5m x 42.5m
Security Present: None
Damage to Cargo: None reported
Damage to Vessel:
Some damage to bridge wings where vessel was hit by gunfire
Weather: Light Breeze / 0mm precipitation
Wave Height: 1.2m
Number of Perpetrators: 6
Number of Craft: 1 speedboat
Weapons Seen: Firearms
Equipment Seen: Not reported
Description: A gas tanker sailing south was attacked and fired on by several persons onboard a speedboat. The attack lasted for about 45 minutes until the pirates gave up. The vessel
maintained her good speed and continued sailing south. All safe.
UPDATE 1: Further information received has stated that the vessel suffered some damage on the bridge wings from incoming rounds from the pirates. Also, the number of persons on the pirate craft was 6.
As the attack was unsuccessful, pirates will likely remain in the area. Therefore, the threat remains very high and all vessels should either avoid the area or increase vigilance and security on board.