DRYAD AND MDAT-GOG reports indicate that the vessel MT HAFNIA PHOENIX IMO 9461702 was approached from a position to the southwest. The vessel is understood to have conducted evasive maneuvers resulting in an increase of speed. The vessel is understood to be safe and continuing on her way.
The nature of the approach remains unclear at this stage however the confirmed sighting of ladders would strongly indicate piratical intent. Thus far there have been no previous incidents of vessels boarded or kidnappings within this area. The incident is understood to have occurred 40nm East from an approach incident on the 4th April 20. Within this incident, an MT was approached by a skiff with a red and white hull with 6-7 persons on board.
MDAT-GoG have reported that a vessel has been approached whilst transiting from Lomé to Abidjan 74nm SE Takoradi.
The vessel was approached by a speedboat carrying 8 persons on board. A ladder was sighted within the vessel.
All vessels transiting the area are advised to observe increased vigilance. Vessels transiting the area Eastbound are advised to consider enhancing security measures at this time.
WARNING 002/SEP2020 UPDATE 01
1. CATEGORY: SUSPICIOUS APPROACH
2. TIME: 22 SEP 2020 0850UTC.
3. DESCRIPTION: An MV was approached by one skiff with 8 POB. The vessel and crew are now safe and on route to her destination.
4. POSITION: 03°5501N / 001°0300W (121 Nm southwest of Accra)