9 February 2021, 1222UTC
01° 35N 005° 07E
108nm NW Sao Tome
121.54 x 19.2 m
Update 10 February 2021 0630loc
Reporting indicates that the MARIA E crew are all mustered within citadel safe. Vessel currently drifting at about 40nm NNW SAO TOME. The LIANPENGYU 809 left the MARIA E area on 09 Feb 21 at 1700hrs Loc heading NNE. Her current position was last sighted 78nm South Brass.
Reporting indicates that that the MT MARIA E (IMO9337822) has been boarded.
The vessel is understood to be in the vicinity of the Hijacked LIANPENGYU 809.
This the 12th offshore incident this year and the 6th successful boarding.
This is the 4th incident to occur within 24hrs in the waters off Sao Tome. Perpetrators currently in control of the Hijacked fishing vessel LIANPENGYU 809 are believed to be responsible.
Total incidents throughout West Africa in 2020 showed a partial increase of 12% on those of 2019. Incidents involving failed approaches showed a significant increase within 2020 with 25 such incidents recorded against 10 in 2019.
Mariners are advised that the risk level for all vessels operating within the Gulf of Guinea is to be considered CRITICAL.
Dryad advises all vessels to avoid the vicinity of the reported incident, reporting all suspicious activity to the relevant maritime authorities.