#1 November 3 2017, 12:22


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A crude oil tanker managed to escape pirate hands while sailing some 21 nautical miles South-Southwest of Bonny Island, Nigeria on November 1.

The tanker was approached by armed pirates in two speed boats at high speed, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.

“The officer of the watch immediately raised the emergency alarm and the master notified the terminal who relayed the information to a Nigerian naval ship,” IMB said.

The master ordered the crew to secure all access to the vessel and retreat into the citadel.

The pirates’ attempts of boarding the tanker by using a ladder as they closed in on the vessel were thwarted by the bridge team who resorted to evasive maneuvers.

Shortly after, a Nigerian naval vessel arrived at the scene causing the pirate group to abandon their hijacking attempt.

“On seeing the approaching naval ship, the pirates aborted the attempted boarding and moved away. The tanker continued its passage,” IMB further added.

All crew members are reported to be safe.