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June 29th 2018
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June 28th 2018
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Anchorage Incidents: Port harcourt

 
July 31st 2015
Each month, we dig out data for a different port or anchorage to look for patterns of crime.


This month is focused on Port Harcourt and Eastern Nigerian waters.


It is worth remembering that 30% of maritime crime globally goes unreported, rising to 50% in the WAF region, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).





Location



Attacks conducted by fast speedboats from inshore up to 100NM from shore, including major riverine systems.



Timing



Incidents occur at any time day or night regardless of season.


There is a slight concentration of incidents during nighttime hours.


35% of all attacks (23 of 66 reported) occurred between the hours of 23.00 and 03.00.


53% of attacks (35 of 66 reported) occurred between the hours of 23.00 and 07.00.



Violence



Pirates are armed and invariably attacks are violent.


3 incidents resulted in death


1 incident involved extreme violence


33 incidents involved violence



Vessel types



38% of reported attacks involved tankers


18% involved OSVs


Attacks against fishing vessels and in-shore craft frequently go unreported so few statistics are available. Marine police, Joint Task Force and Navy patrols are targeted.



Vigilance pays



Small vessels are known to have been hijacked to act as mother ships including trawlers, OSVs and tugs. Pirates are now believed to be in control of at least two (probably three) Marine Police gunboats as well as heavy weapons stolen during a raid on a Marine Police armoury in June. All three come from around Port Harcourt/Calabar area. Given this level of threat, it's crucial that visual and VHF identification is confirmed.




Overview



These waters are designated a HRA. All active and passive ship security measures should be in place. SSPs should be current and all key personnel fully trained in security procedures in line with BMP4 recommendations.



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