Armed pirates board cargo ship off Nigeria
Six armed pirates boarded the Hong Kong-flagged general cargo ship ‘Huanghai Glory’, while off Nigeria, in the evening hours of 6 March, according to ReCAAP ISC.
While ‘Huanghai Glory’ was underway 85 nm south of Port Lagos, Nigeria, six perpetrators armed with automatic weapons boarded the ship.
The crew activated the SSAS and hid in the safety cabin.
As informed, the perpetrators stole cash and left thereafter.
There were no injuries to crew. The glass on the bridge was broken.
The ReCAAP Contact Point (Hong Kong) reported the incident to the ReCAAP ISC.
The ReCAAP ISC urges ship master and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal State and flag State, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures taking reference from the Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia.
Piracy in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea has been a serious concern for maritime security over the last years.
The Gulf of Guinea accounted for over 90% of crew kidnappings globally in 2019.