Approach - 210nm S Cotonou

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

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06 June 2021, 1700UTC


02°4900N 00°23100E


210nm S Cotonou

Vessel Dimensions

194.5 x 32.25

Vessel Type

Bulk Carrier

Source Confidence Level



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.  


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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