Reporting indicates that reports as outlined below regarding a potential attack upon an SEV involving the death of two personnel were false.
Reports were made to the relevant authorities regarding this situation.
Further investigation by a number of organisations has since confirmed that an SEV provider appears to have distributed false information to a client as a result of being unable to honour an agreed provision of services.
The situation unfortunately highlights the need to conduct significant due diligence when enlisting PMSC services within West Africa.
Reporting indicates that a Nigerian flagged offshore crew transfer vessel, acting in the capacity of security escort vessel has been attacked.
Early reporting indicates that the vessel had 8 crew a PMSC liaison officer and 7 Nigerian Navy personnel.
The vessel is understood to have been inbound to an RV with the vessel and not under escorting duties at the time of the attack.
Unconfirmed reporting indicates that the vessel was the MV OBIANOSEN (IMO9730593).
It is understood that since January 2019, there have been 15 incidents within the Gulf of Guinea, involving attacks where security forces have been involved, either whilst providing escort services or embarked.
Dryad advises that the current risk profile for this region is CRITICAL with incidents assessed as highly likely expected daily. All vessels to ensure adequate hardening and mitigation and report all suspicious activity to the relevant maritime authorities.