VESSEL EXPERIENCES SUSPICIOUS APPROACH BY SMALL CRAFT IN BONNY
Report indicates that an unnamed vessel on Thursday experienced a suspicious approach by a small craft in the South of Bonny, Rivers State.
The incident occurred while the vessel was in position 03 31.15N 006 29.99E (59nm South of Bonny).
The craft with an unknown number of persons aboard reportedly approached to within 0.3 nm of the vessel before reducing its speed and leaving.
Eons Intelligence gathered that the vessel and all crew members are safe.
The incident occurred few days after residents of Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State converged at the Coal Beach to protest incessant pirate attacks and killing of their loved ones on their waterways for many years.
The waterway has experienced series of pirate attacks involving killings and abductions in the past.
On 11th January 2021, two persons were killed while three others were missing after suspected pirates attacked two passenger boats along the coastal waters of Aru-Gbanaama and Polokiri in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.
On 21st December 2020, in the South-West of Bonny Island, a Malta-flagged container ship PORT GDYNIA (IMO: 9334387), owned and managed by Polish Ocean Lines, Poland, was attacked and boarded by an unknown number of pirates.
Similarly, on 19th April 2020, pirates stormed a small oil tanker anchored off Bonny Island and kidnapped six sailors.
Also, on 16th January 2020, a small craft carrying at least five persons reportedly attacked a tanker in approximate position 03 38.0N 006 40.2E (200/50nm from Bonny, Nigeria), attempting to board the tanker.
Armed security on board the MV fired warning shots, at which point the pirates broke off their attempt and left the area.