Approach - 210nm S Cotonou

Reporting indicates that bulk carrier CP Tianjan was approached whilst in transit.  

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Approach

DTG

06 June 2021, 1700UTC

Position

02°4900N 00°23100E

Location

210nm S Cotonou

Vessel Dimensions

194.5 x 32.25

Vessel Type

Bulk Carrier

Source Confidence Level

High

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Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that when sailing from Port Harcourt to Santos to Bata, the Marshall Islands flagged, bulk carrier CP Tianjan (9710505) was approached by 6 sea pirates onboard one speed boat. Crew mustered in the citadel and pirates stopped attempt after 30 minutes.  

Vessel and crew are safe.  

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Dryad Analysis

This incident is a continuation of a well developed trend that sees pirates seeking to operate significantly beyond the immediate area of domestic naval resources. The approach occurred in close vicinity to a kidnap for ransom incident that saw 15 crew members abducted involving the MV Davide B on the 11th of March 2021.  

All vessels operating within the area are encouraged to operate at the highest levels of vigilance and deploy full hardening / mitigation measures where possible. The risk profile for the wider Gulf of Guinea region at this time is CRITICAL with attacks assessed as highly likely / expected daily. 

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