Boarding 115 Nm South of Lomé

Reporting indicates that the chemical tanker M/T PTI NILE (IMO9747338) has been boarded 115nm South Lomé. 

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Incident

DTG

17 October 2020 2050 UTC

Position

4° 16' 28.182" N, 1° 24' 18.846" E

Location

115 Nm South of Lome

Vessel Dimensions

183m x 32m

Vessel Type

Oil/Chem Tanker

Source Confidence Level

Medium

115nm Lome 17 Oct 20
PTI_NILE

Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that the Oil/Chemical tanker M/T PTI Nile (IMO: 9747338) has been boarded approximately 115 Nm South of Lomé.

Reports state that the crew all managed to retreat into the citadel and are all accounted for.  

The vessel remains stationary in the position of the alleged incident 115nm South Lomé with a Togolese patrol vessel on site. 

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Dryad Analysis

The Hong Kong flagged M/T PTI NILE was conducting a northerly transit inbound Lomé when she was attacked. Reporting indicates that the vessel was boarded. The vessel can be seen to be in transit north with the M/T MAERSK NAVIGATOR 4.6nm to her West on a parallel routing. The M/T NILE appears to conduct evasive manoeuvres to her starboard side initially before coming to a halt.

Whilst precise details regarding the nature of the attack and the welfare of the crew remain unclear, this incident is the second incident within 24hrs within the wider Gulf of Guinea area following a month’s hiatus of serious offshore incidents.

Incidents of offshore kidnap are currently tracking below the 2019 rate for this time of year. 

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