Fishing Wars? Vessel Approach 116Nm South Of Cotonou
Dryad Reports indicates that the Netherlands flagged vessel BOB BARKER was approached by a skiff with 7-8 armed persons on board with a CPA of 0.7 nautical miles. The crew mustered in citadel and the Beninese Navy guards on board fired warning shots.
After 10 minutes, the skiff left the vicinity.
The incident is the 3rd such approach within 4 days and the second in the waters West if the Nigerian EEZ.
It remains highly likely that further incidents will occur within days thus reflecting the CRITICAL risk profile currently within the region. All vessels are reminded to exercise heightened vigilance and implement full hardening where possible.