INCIDENT OVER – ONGOING THREAT TO VESSELS
Event: Illegal Boarding->Kidnap for Ransom
Date and Time: 11 March 2021, 1512hrs local
Location: 210nm S of Cotonou, International Waters
Position: 02°48’N, 002°36’E
Distance from Shore: Approx. 210nm from Niger Delta coast
Type: Oil/Chemical Tanker
L x B: 155.9m x 25.6m
Security Present: None
Damage to Cargo:
Damage to Vessel:
Weather: Moderate Breeze / 0mm precipitation
Wave Height: 1.1m
Number of Perpetrators: 9
Number of Craft: TBC
Weapons Seen: Intruders described as “armed”
Equipment Seen: Not reported
Description: A vessel has been boarded in international waters 210nm due south of Cotonou. MDAT-GoG have reported that 9 intruders have boarded the vessel.
Update 1: It has been confirmed that 9 crew have been kidnapped from the vessel. The vessel is drifting and a Nigerian security vessel is nearby.
Update 2/Correction: 15 crew have been confirmed as kidnapped (not 9). The Nigerian security vessel is now with the tanker.