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27.02.2018 - WARNING - COTONOU ANCHORAGE, BENIN

Ref: IMB/PRC/Alert - 044/2018

270730 UTC FEB 2018

TO: ALL SHIPS TRANSITING IN / OFF COTONOU, BENIN / GULF OF GUINEA WATERS

WARNING                           WARNING                           WARNING

ON 27.02.2018 : 0005 UTC: POSN: 06:16.52N - 002:29.45E, COTONOU ANCHORAGE, BENIN.

PIRATES ATTACKED AN ANCHORED PRODCUT TANKER. THE BENIN NAVY RESPONDED RESULTING IN THE PIRATES ABORTING THE ATTACK. TWO NAVAL PERSONNEL WERE INJURED DURING THE INCIDENT.

VESSEL AND CREW ARE SAFE.

VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN VIGILANT AND MAINTAIN STRICT ANTI-PIRACY WATCH AND MEASURES. 

EARLY ASSESSMENT / DETECTION WILL ALLOW SHIPS TO TAKE EVASIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT BOARDING AND REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.

ALL ATTACKS AND SUSPICIOUS SIGHTINGS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND TO THE IMB PRC AS PER IMO CIR 1334.

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