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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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

10 Kidnapped from Freighter Off Niger River Delta

On Thursday, a freighter was boarded by pirates near the Pennington FPSO, just off the coast of the Niger River Delta. 10 crewmembers were kidnapped.

According to Praesidium International, the St. Kitts-flagged coastal freighter Milan was under way on a coastwise journey from Koko to Douala, Cameroon at the time of the incident. At about 2000 hours, the vessel slowed, then drifted until 0530 hours the following morning. 10 crewmembers have been confirmed kidnapped.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

EFCC Receives Four Suspected Oil Thieves From Navy

The Nigerian Navy has handed over four suspected oil thieves to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Rivers State.

They are Ebenezer Afonka (captain), Bernard Umor (engineer), Kingsley Monday, and Ishmael Willy, the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed in a statement. The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency received the suspects from the navy on Tuesday alongside a vessel – MV Captain Samuel.

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Eight days after failed negotiation, three crew members kidnapped on-board Lagos-bound vessel

By Tola Adenubi

Suspected maritime pirates have kidnapped three crew members from a Lagos bound Togolese flagged bunkering vessel, MT STELIOS K with IMO number 8679209, following failed negotiations for their release with the vessel owners over a period of eight days. This is even as findings revealed that the Nigerian Navy has dispatched a vessel to locate the whereabouts of the vessel.

Suspected pirates had boarded the MT STELIOS K on the 16 of November 2020 at exactly 40 nautical miles South Lome.

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Source: tribuneonlineng.com

 

MarsecNews: Note On Monday 23rd, MDAT-GoG updated their previous reports with the below (image shows last position):

WARNING 006/NOV/2020 – UPDATE 08

1. CATEGORY: BOARDING

2. TIME: 23 Nov 2020 at 0900UTC.

3. DESCRIPTION: MDAT GoG has received an update regarding the last position of the boarded MT. The attackers have left the MT. The ship is heading to Lagos, Nigeria. Local authorities have been informed.

4. POSITION: 05°19N – 003°33E (170/65NM off Lagos Nigeria).

Six Foreigners, Nigerian Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Oil Theft

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced six foreigners and a Nigerian to seven years imprisonment for oil theft.

Justice Kolawole Omotosho gave the sentence yesterday (Mon 23rd) after three years of prosecution of the convicts by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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Source: thisdaylive.com