Weekly Maritime Summary 30 December 2019 – 5 January 2020

The Securewest Global Response Centre (GRC) recorded seven maritime related incidents during the reporting period of 30 December 2019 to 5 January 2020.

Maritime Incidents

  • 30 Dec 19 – Kidnapping – A Chemical Tanker was attacked, boarded and crew kidnapped approximately 3nm SW of Limboh Port, Cameroon.
  • 30 Dec 19 – Boarding – An underway Bulk Carrier was boarded 45nm SW of Bonny, Nigeria.
  • 30 Dec 19 – Attack – An MV was attacked 198nm SW of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  • 30 Dec 19 – General Security Warning – Ship detained by Iran for alledgedly smuggling fuel close to the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz.
  • 31 Dec 19 – Robbery – A vessel was boarded and robbed offshore close to Libreville, Gabon.
  • 2 Jan 20 – General Security Warning – Persian Gulf – The U.S. Military took decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad. Possibility of attacks against U.S. interest operating in the region.
  • 2 Jan 20 – Kidnapping – Hopper Dredger attacked and members of crew kidnapped 3nm from the mouth of the Ramos river, close to Forcados terminal, Nigeria.


Robbery IncidentRobbery: Theft from a vessel or from persons aboard the vessel.
Maritime warningGeneral Security Warning: Incidents which do not fit in the other categories, but enhance the situational awareness, e.g. flag state advisories or an attack on a non- commercial vessel such as a warship.
Kidnapping IncidentKidnapping: Unauthorized forcible removal of persons belonging to the vessel from it.
Boarding IncidentBoarding: Unauthorized boarding of a vessel by persons not part of its complement without successfully taking control of the vessel.
Maritime AttackAttack: An incident where weapons are discharged by pirates or pirate paraphernalia such as ladder, grappling hook, make contact with the vessel.

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