Tanker Vessel Avoids Attack In Gulf Of Guinea

January 2, 2020

A Bermuda registered tanker managed to avoid an attack in the Gulf of Guinea by increasing speed to avoid being boarded.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “RCC Bermuda received an SSAS security alert from the Bermuda registered LNG Tanker, LNG Lokoja, the report showed the vessel to be in the Gulf of Guinea.

“The vessels Company Security Officer was alerted by RCC Bermuda and the vessel was found to be under attack. LNG Lokoja was able to increase speed to avoid being boarded and continued to her next port of call as planned.”

Google maps image showing the location of the Gulf of Guinea:

google maps gulf of guinea

The incident occurred in late December, and according to security firm Dryad Global, “Reporting indicates that the LNG Lokoja was en route to Bonny was attacked in transit. The vessel is understood to have come under attack from a single speedboat with 10 armed men on-board.

“The pirates are understood to have opened fire on the vessel. The vessel conducted evasive maneuvers causing the attack to fail. The Lokoja  has since been met by the Nigerian Patrol vessel Defender VI and the Portuguese Naval vessel Zaire and is continuing under escort.”

Photo of the LNG Lokoja via Marine Traffic:

LNG Lokoja Bermuda Jan 2 2020

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