11 November 2020 0119UTC
05 12N 002 23.5E
70nm South East Cotonou
183 x 32.2 m
Reporting indicates that the Marshall Island flagged M/T JANE was attacked by armed persons aboard a single skiff. The attack on the vessel was aborted, and the crew have been reported safe.
The number of perpetrators aboard the approaching skiff are currently unknown. Local authorities have been informed.
This is the 6th reported incident within the Gulf of Guinea within 6 days. Incidents remain focused on the waters south of Cotonou and those of the Southern Niger Delta however despite the prevalence of attacks within these areas, the threat remains fluid.
Screenshot from our Atlas Inform platform
It is apparent that two or more PAG’s are operating most likely with the intent of conducting kidnap for ransom operations. Whilst the pirates retain both the capability and intent to target larger vessels, it is highly likely that smaller vessels presenting more opportune targets will become more desirable as time goes on and the risk to the perpetrators increases. The perpetrators are likely to be aware that increased time at sea with both the Beninese and Nigerian Navies operating on high alert will significantly increase their own risk. As such it is highly likely that incidents will continue.
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.