Report on Piracy in the Gulf of GuineaJuly 24, 2013 in Africa, Piracy
- 16 July 2013 – Armed pirates in two speedboats approached, boarded and hijacked a Marshall Islands-flagged product tanker, the Ocean Centurion, at 0430 LT, approximately 45 nautical miles south-east of Lome, Togo. They took hostage all the crew members on board the tanker, stole their personal belongings and ordered the Master to sail south and then north towards the Togo/Benin border where they disembarked and escaped via a speedboat, 12 nautical miles from the coastline. The Togo Navy was informed about the hijacking and a patrol boat was dispatched which escorted the tanker to the Lome anchorage for investigation. Two crew members on board the tanker were injured during the incident and were transferred to a clinic for medical attention.
- 14 July 2013 – Officials confirmed on Monday that pirates have seized a Malta-flagged, Turkey-owned tanker, the MV Cotton, off the coast of Port-Gentil, Gabon. The vessel has twenty-four crew members on board, all of which are Indian nationals.
- 19 July 2013 – Vanuatu-flagged, US-operates OSV, the C Viking, reported being attacked by pirates at 01:00 LT near position 04:18 N – 007:46E, Usari field, offshore Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The crew members on board the OSV were mustered into the citadel; no injuries were reported. Pirates looted the vessel, including the bridge, and destroyed some bridge equipment before departing. This is reportedly the second time that the C Viking was attacked by pirates in the same area.
- 18 July 2013 – Duty Officer on board an anchored USA-flagged bulk carrier, the Liberty Grace, spotted an unlit skiff with 5 – 6 persons on board approaching the bulk carrier at 0150 UTC in position 06:05N – 001:17E, approximately 3 nautical miles off Lome breakwater, Togo. The Duty Officer directed the ship’s search light towards the skiff, raised the alarm and activated the fire hoses. The Togo Navy was called. It was observed by the crew members on board the carrier that the robbers, who were wearing hoods pulled over their heads, were attempting to board the vessel using a pole and hook. Three flares were fired in the direction of the skiff. Seeing the crew members’ alertness, the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away. During the incident, another two skiffs were observed close to the vessel. A Togolese Navy boat later arrived on location. The bulk carrier has been reported as safe.
- 14 July 2013 – Around twenty armed robbers in a speed boat approached and boarded a Gabon-flagged landing craft, the Renovation, while underway at 2246 UTC in position 00:29S – 008:51E, Port Gentil, Gabon. The robbers stole the crew’s personal belongings and escaped. Port maritime authority was notified of the incident. No injuries to the crew members not any damage to the vessel was sustained during the incident.
- 10 July 2013 – Armed security personnel on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed a small boat with an unknown number of persons approaching at 0330 UTC while in position 06:17.8N – 003:21.2E, around 5.4 nautical miles south-west of Fairway Buoy, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria. As the boat continued its approach to within 50 metres of the vessel, the armed team fired one warning shot, resulting in the boat moving away.
- Gulf of Guinea – Southerly winds of 10 – 15 knots and seas of 4 – 6 feet.
- Extended Forecast – Southerly winds of 10 – 15 knots and seas of 4 – 6 feet.