Dryad Reporting indicates that that the MV SEA PHANTOM (IMO: 9326653) has been boarded by pirates 115nm off the coast of Kribi, Cameroon. No further information is available at this time.
AIS tracking indicates the vessel was travelling east at 12.7 knots before carrying out evasive manoeuvres, turning sharply to its starboard. The vessel is now drifting at the time of writing.
This the 9th offshore incident this year and the fourth recorded offshore boarding. Total incidents throughout West Africa in 2020 showed a partial increase of 12% on those of 2019. Incidents involving failed approaches showed a significant increase within 2020 with 25 such incidents recorded against 10 in 2019.
The MV NEW RANGER (IMO:9328326) is underway approximately 20nm to the NW of the SEA PHANTOM. The MV NEW RANGER has been involved in 6 separate incidents in the GoG, as recently as December 2020.
Dryad advises all vessels to avoid the vicinity of the reported incident, reporting all suspicious activity to the relevant maritime authorities.
It is the ARX recommendation that all owners and operators install correct and enhanced primary hardening measures. These include the ARX ABaC System and the ARX Evictor. The ARX Anti-Piracy Barrier will stop a boarding taking place.