Suspicious Approach - 150nm SW Bonny

Reporting indicates that MV MAERSK CARDIFF has been approached by a small vessel.

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13 January 2021, 1950 UTC


02° 23N 005° 39E


150nm Southwest of Bonny

Vessel Dimensions

249.12 x 37.4 m

Vessel Type

Container Ship

Source Confidence Level


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Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that MV MAERSK CARDIFF has been approached by a small vessel. The crew have mustered in the citadel. The vessel left and the crew and vessel are safe. 


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Dryad Analysis

In 2020 a cluster of incidents occurred throughout the year in a triangle area south of Agbami and Egina Terminals. Since 1 December 2020 there has been 17 incidents in the Gulf of Guinea HRA, 10 of which were in this area including 5 boardings, 2 approaches, 2 incidents of shots fired and 1 attack.

There have been a surge of incidents in the past 5 weeks, resulting in an increased risk rating for the Gulf of Guinea HRA to CRITICAL on 11th November. The increase in risk profile was further underpinned by the release of an imminent attack warning by MDAT-GoG covering the waters of ECOWAS Areas F,E,D. 

Vessels are advised to operate within this area at a heightened posture maintaining the highest levels of vigilance whilst implementing full hardening / mitigation in accordance with BMP West Africa where possible. In addition the IMB advises that vessels remain at least 200nm-250nm offshore where possible. 


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