Nigeria Navy beats off pirates
August 19 – Carisbrooke Shipping’s Vectis Osprey, which is under the commercial management of the Zeaborn Group, has been rescued by the Nigeria Navy from attempted piracy, having been offshore of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
According to the Nigerian Navy, the rescue operation was successful due to the timely alert by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to the Naval Regional Maritime Awareness Centre (RMAC), which meant that the naval forces were able to over power the attackers after a shootout that made them flee the scene.
It is understood that a Nigerian naval vessel engaged the pirates on approaching the vessel, which made them abandon their mission due to superior fire power. To this end, Naval special forces onboard the war ship embarked and rescued the crew who had locked up themselves in a citadel on the ship.
The crew and cargo is understood to be safe.
Gerry Northwood from international maritime…
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