Pirates fire at Tanker, Bulker off Nigeria, IMB reports
attack two ships in two separate incidents off Nigeria last week, the IMB
Piracy Reporting Centre said.
product tanker was fired upon while underway, around 35 nautical miles south of
raised, non-essential crews mustered in citadel and vessel conducted evasive
maneuvers. Due to the hardening measures, the pirates moved away.
occurred some 45 nautical miles south of Brass on January 25 when up to seven
armed pirates in a skiff chased and fired upon a bulk carrier underway.
the crew switched on deck lights, increased the vessel’s speed and mustered in
vessel managed to repel the attempted attack, according to the IMB ICC.
saw a significant
new spike in violence in the last quarter of 2018.
been boarded by pirates well outside territorial waters, with crew kidnapped
and taken into Nigeria where they are held for ransom.
of 2018, a total of 41 kidnappings were recorded in Nigerian waters alone.