|Pirates attack three vessels off Nigeria|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:56|
Nigerian pirates have attacked three vessels in a single day, damaging a couple of ships but failing to board any of the vessels or harm their crew.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported an attack on June 30 around 120 nautical miles southwest of Nigeria’s Bonny Island where a container ship adrift awaiting berthing instructions was approached by five armed pirates in a wooden speedboat. As the pirates approached, they fired on the vessel, damaging some bridge windows and equipment. The ship raised the alarm, activated the ship security alert system (SSAS), started the main engines and manoeuvred away from the approaching speedboat. Non-essential crew retreated into the citadel until the pirates abandoned the attack.
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The IMB reports another attack on the same day in almost the same position (115 nautical miles southwest of Bonny Island). According to the London-based maritime watchdog, six armed pirates chased and fired on an oil tanker underway. The master enforced anti-piracy measures and managed to evade the boarding. The ship was slightly damaged due to gunfire, but all crew were safe.
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