Latest Piracy and Threats to Shipping Report – February 26, 2008
The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the ICC Commercial Crime Services released their latest Maritime Safety Information on February 20 and February 25, 2008. The following maritime security incidents took place between February 18 and February 25, 2008.
Nigeria, February 21, 2008: Two persons managed to board a general cargo ship at berth (Apapa berth no.12) in spite of armed navy guards being onboard. The robbers forced opened the forecastle door and stole ship’s stores. Duty watchman noticed the robbers and informed the guards. By the time the guards arrived forward, the robbers escaped in their speedboat.
Nigeria, February 21, 2008: Just before watch change over time the forward duty watchman heard the engine of a motor boat, approaching on the port side. He immediately alerted the others who commenced checking the port side. At the same time, the watchmen checked the starboard side realizing that the boat on the port side could be a decoy. The watchmen noticed four to five persons attempting to board the vessel via hooks attached to the starboard side deck. Duty officer raised alarm, watchman shouted at them, and the robbers slowly moved away.