Pirates attack vessel off the coast of Nigeria
Last Friday, a vessel in Bight of Bonny off the coast of Nigeria became victim of a pirate attack. Domain Awareness for Trade - Gulf of Guinea reported that the pirate attack occurred before noon approximately 45 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria. The name of the vessel has not been announced.
"Pirates or robbers are known to be armed, violent and have attacked, hijacked and robbed ships and kidnapped crew members along the coast, on rivers, anchorages, in ports and waters surrounding the coast. Generally speaking the waters in and on the outskirts of Nigeria are risk areas. Vessels are advised to be on the watch as many attacks could have occurred without being reported of, "says ICC's International Maritime Bureau, IMB.
The incident is the fourth of its kind that has been reported in the Gulf of Guinea this year, according to data from the International Chamber of Commerce, who are calling on vessels in the area to be extremely cautious.
The attacks are happening during a time when the number of pirate related attacks on a global plan are falling. Last month IMB announced that the 180 pirate related incidents that took place in 2017 marked the lowest number of incidents since 1995 and also marked a decline from the 191 incidents, which took place in the preceding year.
Source: TradeWinds / Maritime Denmark