Arrested Swiss tanker attacked by pirates, Nigeria
Product tanker SAN PADRE PIO was attacked by 4 armed pirates in speedboat at 2020 UTC Apr 15 at Bonny River Inner Anchorage, Nigeria, in position 04 28.1N 007 10.1E, according to IMB report. 2 pirates managed to board the tanker and opened fire, aimed at superstructure. The onboard Nigerian naval guards returned fire, thwarting the attack. Pirates returned to boat and fled. Crew sheltered in citadel, all safe. Bonny Signal Station and Nigerian Navy were notified. One guard was injured during the shooting and later transferred to a security boat.
Understood there were only 4 Ukrainian crew on board, because tanker was seized on Jan 23 last year by Nigerian Navy for allegedly, illegal entry and illegal fuel trade, and is under arrest since then. Switzerland is considering an option of suing Nigeria in International Court of the Law of the Sea, see details https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2019/25721/switzerland-sue-nigeria-violating-law-sea-hijackin/
IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this vessel as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 34% (06-OCT-17), compared to the fleet average 34.8%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
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