31/07/2019 LC,   Posn 6.43 – 3.346

Robbers armed with metal bars boarded a container ship berthed in Lagos and assaulted a crew member.

The incident happened at the container terminal in Tin Can Island Port (TCIP).

Three robbers boarded the vessel from a small boat.

They attacked the crew member on watch and stole his personal belongings.

An alarm was raised and the attackers fled.

The crew member who was assaulted was injured and was given a medical check-up.

The incident, which happened before dawn on July 29, was reported to the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO).

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 23 cases of boarding or attempted boarding in 2018 in the cluster of ports and anchorages covered by the Port of Lagos.

In January 2019, there were at least three attempts to board tankers, apparently in order to steal petroleum products.

In the same month, three stowaways were arrested at the Tin Can Island container terminal after attempting to board a ship bound for Europe.

In April and May there were reports of intruders boarding tankers in the Lagos Secure Anchorage.

Many more incidents of illegal boarding are thought to go unreported.

Vessels visiting Lagos and its anchorages should take precautions against illegal boarding.

Crew members should maintain a good visual and radar watch for small craft, especially at night.

Source: Gray Page