Possible Hijack 95Nm South of Lome

Reporting indicates that a fishing vessel has been boarded approximately 95 nm south of Lome, and appears to be hijacked.

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Incident

DTG

28 August 2020 0730UTC

Position

04:34.15N 001:31.07E

Location

95 nm South of Lome

Vessel Dimensions

54 m x 9.3 m

Vessel Type

Fishing Vessel

Source Confidence Level

High

Fishing Vessel Hijack-1

Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that a fishing vessel has been boarded approximately 95 nm south of Lome, and appears to be hijacked.

The vessel is assessed to be the fishing vessel AP703 (IMO: 7419731). The vessel is currently heading on an Eastwards trajectory. Local authorities have been alerted to the situation and are responding. 

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Dryad Analysis

Incidents of this type targeting fishing vessels in the Gulf of Guinea are not uncommon, and are largely opportunistic in nature. Fishing vessels pose an opportune target due to their lack of BMP-5 measures, and in such a case the motivation in hijacking such a vessel is likely to be purely criminal instead of necessarily piratical. 

Commercial vessels are reminded to remain vigilant within this area, however such a hijacking does not necessarily suggest a capability of such groups to approach and/or board much larger vessels.

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