Failed attack off Nigeria - 1415Z 4 September 2013
The IMB reports the following failed attack against an unidentified chemical tanker at 1415Z on 4 September 2013, some 40nm WSW of Brass, Nigeria:
‘04.09.2013: 1515 LT: Posn: 04:11N – 005:34E, 4 nm south of Pennington oil terminal, Nigeria.
A speedboat approached a chemical tanker underway with intent to board. The 2/o raised the alarm, alerted the crew and made evasive manoeuvres to prevent the boarding. The pirates tried to board the vessel using hooks attached to a rope. The on-board security team fired warning shots at the boat and the pirates retaliated by returning fire. Facing resistance, the pirates aborted the attempt to board the vessel.'
The colour key for Google earth images is:
Red - Hijacked vessel, kidnapped crew or attack in progress.
White - Failed or aborted attack.
Yellow - Pirate action group (PAG) or mother ship.
Green - Suspicious approach, incident or activity