An unknown number of pirates boarded the reefer Water Phoenix, while 31 nm south west of Lagos, Nigeria, resulting in the kidnap of two crew. This is the third incident in the waters south of Lagos within 2020.
A court in Nigeria completed its first ever convictions using the nation’s new anti-piracy law, and the defendents have been sentenced to a five-figure fine.
According to Reuters, seven Russian seafarers were kidnapped following a piracy attack onboard a Liberian-flagged product tanker at Gulf of Guinea.
In a recent statement, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim welcomed the latest initiatives to address piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, which has been a main piracy hotspot in the last years.
Dryad Global, maritime security company, reported that 10 crew members have been kidnapped from a product tanker carrier 178 nautical miles south of Lagos, Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Liberian-flagged container ship MV Lana became subject of a piracy attack while underway south of Bonny Island, Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea, according to Dryad Global. This is the first incident to occur within this specific area in 2020.
In light of the COVID-19 oubreak, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control decided to prohibit all the arrivals from the 13 most affected countries by the disease. According to Reuters, all the countries that have more than 1.000 confirmed cases, are banned to enter the country.
German carrier Hapag-Lloyd revealed that they’re facing an ongoing delay at ports in and around Lagos in Nigeria, which led to the company adding two additional ships to their service. Specifically, the shipping line stated that the waiting times at APMT (Apapa) and TICT (Tincan) continue to exceed 30 and 20 days, respectively.
Six pirates armed with automatic weapons boarded the Hong Kong-flagged general cargo ship ‘Huanghai Glory’, while 85 nm south of Port Lagos, Nigeria, in the evening hours of 6 March, according to data provided by ReCAAP ISC.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), stand against the high rate of piracy, armed robbery, and other maritime crimes on the Nigeria’s waterways.
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