Six men armed with AK-47 rifles attempted to board the vessel, which was underway around 25 nm south east of Brass, Nigeria. According to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, the attack took place on 19 February. The pirates approached the vessel in a black speed boat, and the Master of the oil tanker raised the alarm, transmitted a distress message, increased speed and undertook other evasive manoeuvres.The pirates are reported to have made seven attempts to hook an aluminium ladder onto the tanker’s railings, but they were unsuccessful. After firing on the tanker, they escaped and a Nigerian Navy vessel is reported to have arrived at the location. The tanker crew are reported to be safe source: Bunkerspot
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