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12.02.2018 - IMB Report - KIDNAPPINGS - Golf of Guinea

Ref: IMB/PRC/Alert – 031/2018

120800 UTC FEB 2018

TO: ALL SHIPS TRANSITING GULF OF GUINEA

WARNING                           WARNING                           WARNING

WARNING FOR GULF OF GUINEA - KIDNAPPINGS

WITHIN SEVERAL WEEKS THE CENTRE HAS RECEIVED FOUR INCIDENTS OF KIDNAPPINGS IN THE GULF OF GUINEA.  PIRATES TARGET VESSELS TO KIDNAP CREW/VESSELS FOR RANSOM.

  1. ON 10.01.2018 : COTONOU ANCHORAGE, BENIN. VESSEL HIJACKED FROM ANCHORAGE. VESSEL AND CREW RELEASED SIX DAYS LATER.
  1. ON 01.02.2018 : COTONOU ANCHORAGE, BENIN.  VESSEL HIJACKED FROM ANCHORAGE. THE VESSEL AND CREW RELEASED FIVE DAYS LATER.
  1. ON 09.02.2018 : AROUND 50 NM SW OF BONNY, NIGERIA. PIRATES BOARDED A VESSEL.  SOME CREW MEMBERS REPORTED MISSING.
  1. ON 09.02.2018: AROUND 8 NM WEST OF DEBUNDSHA, CAMEROON.   PIRATES ATTACKED A FISHING VESSEL.  CREW REPORTED MISSING.

 
VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA OR ANCHORING ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND REMAIN VIGILANT. ADHERE TO THE INDUSTRY AND IMO RECOMMENDATIONS ON ANTI PIRACY.
SHIPS INTEND TO DRIFT ARE ADVISED TO DO SO AT LEAST 250 NM AWAY FROM THE COAST AND TO GO FOR DIRECT
BERTHING IF POSSIBLE.

EARLY ASSESSMENT / DETECTION WILL ALLOW SHIPS TO TAKE EVASIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT BOARDING AND REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.

ALL ATTACKS AND SUSPICIOUS SIGHTINGS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND TO THE IMB PRC AS PER IMO CIR 1334.

IMB PIRACY REPORTING CENTRE
24 HOURS ANTI-PIRACY HELPLINE +603 2031 0014 FAX: +603 2078 5769
EMAIL: IMBnullKL@ICC-CCS.ORG  / PIRnullACY@ICC-CCS.ORG

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