Navy laments involvement of officers in crude oil theft, illegal bunkering

By Okodili Ndidi

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has decried the involvement of Naval personnel in illicit oil bunkering and crude oil theft.

He lamented that while there are significant achievements in the fight against this Maritime crime, there are pockets of personnel still colluding with criminals to sabotage the effort, adding that “the Navy in collaboration with other security agencies strives to protect the economic mainstay of the country through various operations.”

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Source: thenationonlineng.net

‘122 seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea this year’

By Sulaimon Salau

With the latest piracy attack involving the kidnap of four seafarers, 122 crew members have so far been abducted from vessels in the Gulf of Guinea this year.

The latest piracy attack involving a crude oil tanker is estimated by Dryad Global (UK-based maritime security firm) as the 24th confirmed kidnapping incident in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea in 2020.

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Source: guardian.ng

Nigerian Pirates Want $1.5 Million To Release 3 Lebanese Hostages

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry and the Lebanese Embassy in Nigeria continue to closely monitor the kidnapping of 3 Lebanese nationals who were, among reportedly 5 other people, on the Milano 1 cargo ship when it was boarded by pirates last week.

The ship, which disappeared from radars for some time last Thursday as it made its way from Nigeria to Cameroon, is believed to have been hijacked by a notorious militant group known as the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers.

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Source: the961.com

Gulf of Guinea attacks continue

A pair of tankers, one Greek-flagged and the other Maltese-flagged, was unsuccessfully approached by pirate action groups (PAGs) in the Gulf of Guinea over the past 72 hours.

The West African body of water carries the dubious reputation of being the hardest hit by pirates in the world, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

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Source: defenceweb.co.za

MarsecNews: I have reports of seven incidents in the GoG since the beginning of December. The attacks show no significant signs of slowing.

BIMCO calls on Nigeria to combat piracy at sea

Nigeria has trumpeted its Deep Blue investments in coastal surveillance, patrol boats, aircraft and training. BIMCO says it is time to put them to use

The shipping association says Nigeria should act on its promises to police its waters as the Gulf of Guinea dry season brings a spike in piracy incidents. BIMCO says the industry will watch with interest the first trial of accused pirates under the country’s new law

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Source: lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com

We lost 12 boats to pirates in one month, say Rivers helmsmen

Dennis Naku

Helmsmen operating on the Bonny-Port Harcourt waterway in Rivers State have said they have lost about 12 speed boats to pirates in one month.

Some of the helmsmen, who spoke to our correspondent, decried the rising pirate attacks on the waterway and solicited the assistance of the state government to forestall further loss of lives and property. Recall that one person was killed, while two others were kidnapped during an attack by pirates on the route last week.

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Source: punchng.com

Twenty Four Kidnap Attacks this Year make Gulf of Guinea World Piracy Hotspot

As Four More Crew Taken Call Goes Out for Combined Naval Task Force

GHANA – Waters just five nautical miles from the Western perimeter of the Gulf of Guinea witnessed yet another kidnapping from a merchant vessel as four crew from a complement of 23 were seized by pirates. This was the 24th such incident in 2020, a year which so far has seen a reported 122 crew taken in such a way.

The target this time was the Marshall Island’s registered 37,600 dwt chemical tanker MV Agisilaos, attacked in the early hours of 30 November, and victim of a burgeoning crime wave, with the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures showing a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea this year as against 2019.

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Source: handyshippingguide.com

InterManager reports pirate attack

InterManager has reported an incident around 5nm off Cameroon, in which pirates fired upon a vessel underway.

The incident occurred on Nov. 30th at 0050 LT, in position 03°51.3’N, 009°14.5’E. The report states:

“Fishing vessel sailing offshore Cameroon between Douala and Limbe was attacked by pirates on a speed boat. The BIR (Battalion Intervention Rapide) personnel onboard fired back at the pirate boat. 1 BIR soldier was wounded, and several pirates were reported as wounded as well. Pirates did not board the vessel and then sailed into port.”

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Source: intermanager.org

Bonny Waterway Attack Leaves One Dead, Others Injured

At least, one passenger was killed by pirates during last Thursday’s attack on a 10-passenger boat enroute Bonny Island from Port Harcourt, The Tide can authoritatively report. The attack which occurred along Opada Creek left the boat driver and many passengers seriously injured.

The sea robbers also made away with many valuables belonging to passengers. The Tide learnt that one of the pirates was nabbed by the Opada Creek community and has been handed over to the Rivers State Police Command.

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Source: thetidenewsonline.com

Security forces apprehend suspected sea pirate, gang members in Rivers

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A suspected sea pirate, Dan Clifford Geroge has been apprehended by local security agencies for his involvement in attacks on boats and fishing settlements at Bonny Island in Rivers State.

Clifford George, who hails from Asarama Community in Andoni Local Government area of the state is alleged be a member of an armed gang terrorizing the Bonny/Port Harcourt Waterways. It was gathered that luck ran out of him Thursday while on operation around the Bolo-Ama fishing settlement, close to the yellow platform.

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Source: dailypost.ng