Experts in global security and maritime risk assessment, Dryad Global, have received reports indicating that a passenger vessel, has been arrested for suspected as having involvement in serious maritime crime and piracy.
The vessel, HAWA III, whose registered name is SAGA LEJON, is currently at anchor at Libreville Port.
Information suggests that the vessel has been operational within West Africa since November 2017 and that it arrived at Gabon from Lomé on the morning of the 15 June 2020
The vessel has a history of transits between Lomé and Libreville as well as having calls in Nigeria.
Between January and June 2020 there have been 4 kidnapping incidents off Gabon which is a significant increase in activity compared to the same time period in 2019 where there were no incidents reported.
It is unknown at the stage whether this vessel was indeed involved in piracy or responsible for piracy off Gabon or whether this latest alert pertains to a heightened risk of Piracy off Lomé over from the 13th June 20.
Dryad continue to investigate and will update accordingly.