04 December 2020 1035UTC
02° 34N 002° 53E
200nm SW Beyelsa State / 230nm South Cotonou
274 x 48 m
Crude Oil Tanker
Reporting indicates that the M/T MINERVA EVOPRI was approached by 1 white speed boat. It is understood that shots were fired. The MT conducted evasive manoeuvres and speed boat departed.
Vessel and crew are safe.
This latest incident continues the increasing trend of reported incidents in the waters off the Gulf of Guinea within the later parts of 2020 with 12 incidents reported in the past 4 weeks and 3 failed attacks within the past 3 days.
Details regarding the precise nature of the approach remain unclear, however, the Gulf of Guinea is currently held as CRITICAL risk operating environment, indicating incidents are highly likely expected daily. Vessels operating within the region should continue to exercise maximum vigilance and mitigation where possible.
There have currently been 118 personnel kidnapped across 24 incidents within the Gulf of Guinea in 2020.