The Spanish LNG carrier La Mancha Knutsen was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 90 nautical miles south off Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The tanker was approached by suspicious motor skiff from the stern with at least 7 heavy armed men on board.
The Master raised alarm and increased speed, maneuvering to avoid boarding of the vessel. The pirates opened fire against the bridge of the LNG carrier, but after several minutes abandoned the attack and fled to the shore. After the unsuccessful attack the ship La Mancha Knutsen reported the accident to the local authorities and headed to Bonny, later during the day was berthed at the port for investigation. The LNG carrier was proceeding through Gulf of Guinea without security guards on board.
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Security and Risk Report 15/03/23
MAST’s security report issue 365 is available to read now. In the Gulf of Guinea, two incidents have been reported in the period observed. Nigeria’s