NIGERIA // WESLEY piracy attack 130NM South of Escravos – 07/11/2020
EVENT DESCRIPTION // On November 7th, around 1620 UTC, approximately 130NM South of Escravos the Marshall-Islands flagged tanker WESLEY (IMO: 8917924) reported being approached by a speed boat with 7 armed pirates onboard with CPA 250m.
The Master took evasive maneuvers while the crew safely mustered into the citadel. The onboard security team displayed their weapons and fired warning shots against the speedboat. The pirates subsequently aborted their boarding attempt and left the area.
The vessel and crew are reported as safe.
The tanker is operated by Union Maritime Limited, UK. The company runs a fleet of tankers focusing on the clean petroleum products trade in West Africa.
Pirate Action Group responsible for the attack against the Singapore-flagged tanker TORM ALEXANDRA that occurred in the early hours of November 7th approximately 173NM South of Cotonou, Benin. Ph. courtesy Italian Navy