Armed robbers attacked
two tankers off the coast of Nigeria on January 7, according to data provided
by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
attacks occurred only hours apart shortly after midnight near Lagos.
first incident saw 4-5 robbers in a small skiff approach an unnamed
anchored product tanker. The robbers threw two ropes attached with hooks onto
the tanker’s railing.
crew on routine rounds heard voices near the bow and noticed the hooks and the
skiff. Alarm was raised and non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel.
Master requested assistance from the Nigerian Navy patrol boat which
immediately responded. Hearing the alarm, the robbers moved away. The
patrol boat searched the waters around the tanker.
the second incident, two robbers with plastic hoses boarded an anchored tanker
during STS operations. They connected the hoses to the ullage ports of the
forward cargo tanks and attempted to steal cargo.
crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping.
The incident was immediately reported to the Nigerian Navy patrol boat which
came to the location and carried out a check on the surrounding waters. Nothing
was reported stolen. (WMN)