PIRACY: GULF OF GUINEA WARNING
Published: 9 February 2021
Local correspondents TCI AFRICA (GABON) advise that following the recent increase of pirate activity in the Gulf of Guinea and in the waters under Gabonese jurisdiction, the Gabonese Authorities decided to raise the ISPS Security Level for Gabonese waters and ports from MARSEC Level 1 to MARSEC Level 2, until further notice. Piracy attacks are on-going in the waters off Gabon. All vessels are requested to keep close VHF watch as the Gabonese Navy might call them and give instructions as they are approaching Gabonese waters. According to the French Naval Authorities the latest modus operandi is that a previously attacked fishing vessel “Lian Peng Yu 809” is being used by armed individuals as a “mother vessel” from where smaller boats are launched to approach larger vessels.