Approach 116Nm South of Cotonou

Reporting indicates that the vessel BOB BARKER was approached by a skiff with 7-8 armed persons on board with a CPA of 0.7 nautical miles.

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Incident

DTG

09 November 2020 0633UTC

Position

04 26.3N 002 42E

Location

116 Nm South Cotonou

Vessel Dimensions

52m x 9m

Vessel Type

Fishing Vessel

Source Confidence Level

High

Approach
bob barker

Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that the Netherlands flagged vessel BOB BARKER was approached by a skiff with 7-8 armed persons on board with a CPA of 0.7 nautical miles. The crew mustered in citadel and the Beninese Navy guards on board fired warning shots.

After 10 minutes, the skiff left the vicinity.

Dryad Analysis

The incident is the 3rd such approach within 4 days and the second in the waters West if the Nigerian EEZ.

It remains highly likely that further incidents will occur within days thus reflecting the CRITICAL risk profile currently within the region. All vessels are reminded to exercise heightened vigilance and implement full hardening where possible.

 

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