The following compiled analysis was issued by Dryad Maritime from Friday 12 – 22 February . The report illustrates the uncertainty surrounding maritime security issues in the region in 2016; coming fast on the release of Dryad’s annual crime statistics which had shown a lull in attacks offshore West Africa.
On the late evening of Thursday 11 February, around 70NM South of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre received information that around six pirates had attacked a tanker underway.
The product tanker, later identified as MT Maximus, was released from pirate control late on Friday 19 February in an area nearly 300 NM south of Lagos. Nigerian naval vessels NNS Okpabana and NNS Sagbama had tracked the movements of the tanker, along with MT Dejikin, which had been used as the offload tanker onto which the cargo of oil had been transferred.
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