– ONGOING THREAT TO VESSELS
Event: Illegal Boarding
Date and Time: 6 February 2021, 2317hrs local
Location: 91nm W of Bata, Eq Guinea
Position: 02°00’N, 008°15.01’E
Distance from Shore: Approx. 155nm from Niger Delta coast
Type: Oil/Chemical Tanker
L x B: 128.6m x 20.4m
Security Present: None
Damage to Cargo:
Damage to Vessel: TBC
Weather: Moderate Breeze / 0mm precipitation
Wave Height: 0.9m
Number of Perpetrators: 8
Number of Craft: Not reported
Equipment Seen: Not reported
Description: MDAT-GoG have reported from a CSO that a vessel is under attack and boarded. Vessel was sailing eastwards in the north east of Sao Tome waters, approx. 150nm from the Nigerian
Update 1: According to one report, 8 pirates boarded the vessel and crew mustered in the citadel.
UPDATE 2: MDAT-GoG have confirmed that all crew are safe and pirates have left the vessel. Vessel is now at Malabo.
As this attack was unsuccessful, the threat in the area remains to all vessels, as pirates will likely remain in the area and attempt to board another vessel for the purpose of kidnapping.