Armed robbers attacked two tankers off the coast of Nigeria on January 7th, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has said. The attacks occurred hours apart, shortly after midnight, near Lagos. In the first incident four or five robbers in a small skiff approach an unnamed anchored product tanker. The robbers threw two ropes attached with hooks onto the tanker’s railing.
Duty crew on routine rounds heard voices near the bow and noticed the hooks and the skiff. Alarm was raised and non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel.
The Master requested assistance from a Nigerian Navy patrol boat which responded. The robbers moved away at the sound of the alarm.
In the second incident two robbers with plastic hoses boarded an anchored tanker during ship-to-ship operations. They connected the hoses to the ullage ports of the forward cargo tanks and attempted to steal cargo.
Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. The robbers then made off. The incident was reported to the Nigerian Navy patrol boat which came to the location.