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Assessing piracy situation off Nigeria

Update on 10 Sept 2021:

The dry season in the Gulf of Guinea region may have come earlier than expected (, with a sudden increase of piracy and security cases.

After a quiet few months in the Gulf of Guinea region, an IMB PRC alert No. 056 – 2021 today included 3 incidents in the GoG:

NIGERIA: On 7 September, a passenger boat was attacked while transiting the Bonny River, between Bonny and Onne. Five passengers have been reported as kidnapped.
GHANA: On 6 September, six robbers in a small boat attempted to board a bulk carrier anchored in Tema Anchorage, near position 05:31.2N – 000:00.9E. A duty crewman saw the robbers, raised the alarm, and shouted at the robbers, who circled the ship and then moved away. Incident reported to the port control.
GABON: On 5 September, five robbers boarded the St Kitts and Nevis-flagged offshore supply vessel TAMPEN while it was anchored in the Owendo Inner Anchorage, Libreville, near position 00:22N – 009:24E. The alarm was raised and the crew secured themselves inside the ship. Two crewmen were injured due to gunfire and required hospitalization. One crewman was reported as missing, possibly kidnapped but not confirmed. The remaining crew were reported as safe, and local authorities were notified.

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