Week 08 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

22 Feb 18: Vessel Attacked South East of Brass. A merchant vessel underway at 03°30’N, 006°31’E reported that it came under attack. No further details were reported. 20 Feb 18: Vessel Boarded off Lagos. A merchant vessel was boarded by six men at 06°17’N, 003°14’E. They fled empty handed when the alarm was raised. 19 Feb 18: Tanker Fired Upon South East of Brass. A tanker underway at 04°02’66”N, 006°34’33”E was approached by six armed men aboard a black speedboat. The attackers made seven attempts to board the vessel using a ladder, but were prevented by the tanker’s evasive actions. The attackers then fired upon the MV before moving away. Crew and vessel safe. 18 Feb 18: Attempted Boarding South of Brass. A tanker underway at 04°03’N 006°41’E came under attack at 2118UTC. Crew deployed anti-piracy measures, and the boarding attempts failed. Nigerian naval vessels responded, however the attackers fled before they arrived.

Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents

22 Feb 18: Vessel Fired Upon in Indian Ocean. A merchant vessel was fired upon by three skiffs at 03°02’N, 050°27’E. The vessel’s onboard security team returned fire with warning shots and the skiffs moved away. Vessel reported safe.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

16 Feb 18: Update – Merchant Vessel Attacked near Sibago Island. Armed men on three speedboats attempted to board a merchant vessel at 6°42’02”N, 122°26’33″E. The attackers were believed to be members of Abu Sayyaf, a regional Islamist insurgency. The group has previously used kidnap for ransom to fund its operations.
Click link to Download PDF:  Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 08 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. The week 08 Maritime Security Snapshot was compiled by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.