Pirates Fire at LNG Carrier off Nigeria   

Pirates in a speed boat chased and fired on an LNG tanker late last week off the coast of Bonny in South- South Nigeria, the IMB Piracy has confirmed.

According to the International Maritime Bureau’s Reporting Center,  the incident took place approximately 30 nautical miles southwest of Bonny.

The Piracy Reporting Centre report said the LNG tanker was chased and fired upon by nine pirates in a speed boat. The vessel’s emergency alarm was raised, all crew mustered in citadel and SSAS alert activated.

The pirates approached the vessel several times but were unsuccessful and later aborted the attack due to the vessel increasing speed and evasive maneuvers, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre said. Both the vessel and crew reported safe.

The identity of the vessel was not disclosed in the report.

“The pirates approached the vessel several times but due to the increased speed and evasive manoeuvres, the pirates were unsuccessful and later aborted the attack,” IMB said.

Both the vessel and crew are reported to be safe.

Meanwhile, another attack has been reported in the Gulf of Guinea by the independent security brokerage Asket.

Asket said in an advisory that on Monday, November 11, around 10 nautical miles off the mouth of the river Niger, a vessel was attacked by eight armed men with covered faces. The motor vessel was approached by a small blue-colored boat; however, the hijacking seems to have been prevented.

Citing data from a phone call, Asket said, both the crew and the vessel are safe. 

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