Gulf of Guinea – Two Piracy Attacks in One Day

Gulf of Guinea – Two vessels were attacked by pirates during one day. Crew were kidnapped from one vessel, the second vessel prevented the pirates from boarding.

The fishing vessel, (fv AP703) with 50 crew – 48 locals and 2 Koreans, was attacked at 1300 UTC August 28th in the Gulf of Guinea SSW of Lagos. The pirates kidnapped the 2 Korean crew.

By 1630 UTC the vessel, with operational AIS, was sailing towards the coast of Ghana.

Earlier, at 0350 UTC a 12-14m boat with 6-8 persons aboard attempted to attack the Marshal Islands-flagged tanker Pike.

The incident happened 113 nautical miles SSE off the city of Tema, Ghana.

According to Praesidium, an intelligence and analysis reporting company, “Perpetrators attempted to board the vessel, but evasive maneuvers performed by the Master hampered their attempt. The vessel and crew are reported safe,”

Praesidium warned of more potential attacks soon: “Further possible boarding attempts can be expected East of the position of the attack, deep into the Nigerian EEZ in the next 48 to 96 hrs.