11 February 2021, 1000UTC
00 51.39N 007 43.36E
104nm North Sao Tome
Update as at 12 February 21 1206UTC
Reporting indicates that the LIANPENGYU has been intercepted by Gabonese Navy and escorted into Libreville. It is understood that the perpetrators were not on board at the time and that 10 crew have been kidnapped including 6 Chinese, 3 Indonesians and 1 Gabonese national.
Update as at 11 February 21 2210UTC
Reporting indicates that the vessels last known position was 00° 51.39N 007° 43.36E, course 155° 47nm SouthEast of Principe at 8.8kts.
There is no update whether the crew or pirates remain onboard or not.
Update as at 11 February 21 1000UTC
Reporting indicates that the vessel continues to transit Southbound. The vessel was last sighted course 168° at 8.4kts.
It is unknown whether the Pirates remain onboard the vessel or whether they abandoned the vessel leaving the vessel under the control of some crew members when close to Nigeria.
Update as at 11 February 21 0745UTC
Reporting indicates that the Hijacked fishing vessel LIANPENGYU 809 has reversed her course and has returned to deep offshore. The vessel was last sighted 33nm South Egina Terminal, 60nm NW Principe.
The vessel when sighted was understood to be course 175° at 6kts.
Mariners are reminded that the vessel is Tuna Fishing vessel with blue hull and white super structure.
Currently there is no update as to the whereabouts of the vessels crew.
Update as at 10 February 21 1250UTC
Vessel sighted at 03° 25N 006° 46E 63nm SSW Bonny inbound rivers state.
Update as at 10 February 21 0600UTC
Reporting indicates that the Hijacked vessel LIANPENGYU 809 was last sighted at location 03° 00N 006° 20E 78NM South Brass. The vessel is understood to be transiting NNE.
It is highly likely that the perpetrators will abandon the LIANPENGYU 809 offshore and kidnap some or all of the associated crew.
The crew of the LIANPENGYU 809 are understood to be Chinese, Indonesian and Gabonese nationals.
Update as at 09 FEB 2021 2300UTC
LIANPENGYU 809 has been reported to be in position at 02° 06 38N - 005° 47 12E - 285° 103nm off Santo Antonio - Sao Tome.
Update as at 09 FEB 2021 0853UTC
LIANPENGYU 809 believed to be in position 01° 29 35N - 005° 17 40E - 309° 112nm off Ana Chaves - Sao Tome.
The vessel is understood to be a Tuna fishing vessel with a blue hull and a white super structure.
Vessel is assessed to be being used as a mother vessels from which to sustain deep offshore operations and launch further attacks.
08 February 21 Original Detail
Reporting indicates that that the Gabon flagged fishing vessel LIANPENGYU has been boarded presumed hijacked. The LIANPENGYU is understood to have a crew of 14 all Chinese nationals.
The vessel was last sighted in the vicinity of 00° 51.4S 007° 20.20E heading course 275 at 9kts.
Earlier reports indicate that the MT SEAKING sighted a small boat being launched from a suspected mother vessel near by. This incident occurred 14nm SW of the latest sighting of the LIANPENGYU. There is a realistic possibility that the LIANPENGYU is being used as a mother vessel to facilitate further attacks.
Reports indicate that the boat came alongside and the attackers attempted to board the vessel using ladders. The master is understood to have taken evasive action and the original boarding failed.
Vessels are reminded that the risk profile for all vessels operating within the Gulf of Guinea is CRITICAL at this time with further incidents highly likely and expected daily.
The LIANPENGYU 809 made a northbound transit to a confirmed distance of 55nm SW Bonny prior to transiting offshore to her current location. Whilst precise details regarding the fate of her crew (11 Chinese, 3 Indonesian, and 1 Gabonese), remain unknown, it is assessed as likely that the vessel transferred the crew to a smaller vessel to be taken ashore. It is unknown whether the Pirates remain onboard the vessel.
This the 11th offshore incident this year and the 5th successful boarding. Notably this is the third attack recorded within 2021 that occurred out with the JWRC HRA.
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.
It is highly likely that the attack was perpetrated by the same grouping that targeted the SEA PHANTOM on the 6th February. It is highly likely that further incidents will occur within the coming days. As such 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.