UPDATE 2 Illegal Boarding / International Waters 01-030422





INCIDENT OVER – ONGOING THREAT TO SHIPPING

 

Event: Illegal Boarding

 

Date and Time: 3 April 2022,
1848hrs

Location: 275nm S of Lomé, International Waters

Position: 01°31.13’N, 001°30.19’E

Distance from Shore: 307nm from Niger Delta coast

 

Vessel Details

Type: Bulk Carrier

L x B: 200m x 32.2m

Speed: 10.4kts

 

Event Details

Kidnapped: 0

Injured: 0

Killed: 0

Security Present: None reported

Damage to Cargo:
None reported

Damage to Vessel:
Some damage to equipment on bridge

Weather: Moderate Breeze / 0mm precipitation

Wave Height: 2.3m

 

Threat Details

Number of Perpetrators: Not reported

Number of Craft: Not reported – possible use of mothership

Weapons Seen:
Firearms

Equipment Seen: Not reported

 

Description: A bulk carrier sailing deep offshore in international waters has been boarded. Report came from CSO of shipping company via MDAT-GoG.

 

UPDATE 1: Local Naval authorities have informed that the Italian Navy vessel Rizzo Luigi Rizzo (P595) is in the vicinity, and preparing a boarding team to support the vessel. Information received
is that all crew reached the citadel before pirates boarded the vessel and are all safe.

 

UPDATE 2: The Italian Navy boarding team boarded the vessel to ensure all crew are safe – it is now confirmed that all 19 crew members reached the citadel safely. The pirates damaged navigation
equipment on the bridge, but with the support from the Italian Navy the steering and propulsion systems were repaired. The vessel is currently under escort with the Italian Navy vessel and sailing towards Lagos. It is likely that on arrival in Nigerian waters
the escort will be taken over by a Nigerian security vessel.

 

It is assessed that due to distance offshore, it is possible that pirates deployed from a mother vessel, and therefore the risk remains high deep offshore in the Gulf of Guinea and all vessels in
the area should maintain extreme vigilance.

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T: +44 (0) 203 151 1700

 

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Africa Risk Compliance Limited

 


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