A group of armed men attacked offshore processing ship Sendje Berge (IMO 7360057) about 30nm southwest of Bonny Island in the Gulf of Guinea on July 2nd. A number of its crew members, were kidnapped, said UK-based security firm Dryad Global. The incident was confirmed by BW Offshore, the operator of the FPSO. It said that “on July 2nd 202, at approximately 04:20 local time, BW Offshore’s FPSO Sendje Berge was subject to an attack by pirates offshore Nigeria in which nine Nigerian nationals were kidnapped,” the company said, adding that “the incident onboard the FPSO has ended and none of those remaining onboard have suffered physical injuries.”
BW Offshore added it was cooperating with local authorities, represented on site by the Nigerian Navy. Sendje Berge is situated on the Okwori field in Nigeria on contract to Addax Petroleum.
Dryad noted that this attack was unique within the wider realm of off shore incidents within West Africa. Both the manner of attack and target were beyond the usual targeting and attack methodology of pirate action groups within Nigeria. It added that reports indicated that explosives were used during the attack. 1974-built, 133,871 gt Sendje Berge is owned by BW Sendje Berge Pte Ltd care of manager BW Offshore Singapore Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of BW Sendje Berge Pte. Ltd. (Singapore). For Energy H&M it is entered with Gard AS on behalf of BW Offshore Norway AS