Dryad Reporting indicates that the panama flagged product tanker NAFELI II (IMO 9291638) activated her SSAS whilst in transit 94nm SW Brass. The vessel is understood to have a crew comprised of Russian, Georgian and Ukrainian personnel.
1. CATEGORY: BOARDING
2. TIME: 04 Nov 2020 at 0854UTC.
3. DESCRIPTION: Category updated to Boarding. MDAT GOG has received confirmation an attack took place. Vessel and Crew SAFE. Incident Complete.
4. POSITION: 02°46’04N 006°03’00E (191° 80nm off Brass)
Details regarding the precise nature of the incident remain unclear. The vessel has an established trading history throughout the region with previous history of conducting operations within the vicinity of the potential incident. The vessel can be seen to slow and turn off course to her starboard side prior to the SSAS being activated.
Vessels are reminded that all operations within this area are subject to a heightened risk profile. As a result of the end of the SW Monsoons, rates of incidents have historically shown a sharp increasing trend in the later part of the year. This incident, if confirmed would be the second such incident since the boarding of a similar vessel 104nm South Lagos on the 23rd October.