INCIDENT ONGOING – ONGOING THREAT TO SHIPPING
Event: Illegal Boarding
Date and Time: 3 April 2022, exact time to be confirmed
Location: 275nm S of Lomé, International Waters
Position: 01°31.13’N, 001°30.19’E
Distance from Shore: 307nm from Niger Delta coast
Type: Bulk Carrier
L x B: 200m x 32.2m
Security Present: None reported
Damage to Cargo: TBC
Damage to Vessel: TBC
Weather: Moderate Breeze / 0mm precipitation
Wave Height: 2.3m
Number of Perpetrators: TBC
Number of Craft: TBC
Weapons Seen: TBC
Equipment Seen: TBC
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.
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.